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Vol. 84 No.10 - Monday September 3, 2018

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IGT and William Hill U.S. Chosen by the Rhode Island Lottery to Provide End-To-End Sports Betting Technology and Services

LONDON, U.K. (August 24, 2018) -- IGT, a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Game Technology PLC ("IGT PLC") (NYSE:IGT), and commercial partner William Hill U.S. announced today that they have been chosen by the Rhode Island Lottery to be the end-to-end sports betting service provider at the state's licensed video lottery and table game establishments, Twin River Casino and Tiverton Casino. Sports betting operations are expected to go live at both locations by mid-November. The initial term of the contract is for a period of five years from the date that the first sports wager is placed at either venue, and may be extended by mutual consent for two successive five-year terms.

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...

"It's an exciting time for the Rhode Island Lottery," said Gerald Aubin, Rhode Island Lottery Director. "With the introduction of legalized sports betting, we will leverage world-class resources and technology from IGT and William Hill to provide the best-possible sports betting experience for the patrons who visit our casinos."

"We are pleased that Rhode Island is the first lottery to set up sports betting operations post-PASPA," said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO, North America. "IGT is a leading and proven supplier of sports betting technology in the U.S. The combination with William Hill, a leading sports betting operator in the U.S., uniquely positions us to provide the Rhode Island Lottery with a comprehensive, market-ready solution to maximize sports betting revenues and returns to good causes for the state of Rhode Island."

"IGT is a world-class gaming technology company and we could not be more happy to partner with them to provide a world-class sports betting solution for the state of Rhode Island," said Joe Asher, CEO, William Hill U.S.

Under the contract, a complete end-to-end sports betting service will be provided to the Rhode Island Lottery, utilizing IGT's sports betting platform with William Hill providing best-in-class sports betting operation and risk management.

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About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to 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.

About William Hill

William Hill PLC is one of the world's leading betting and gaming companies, employing over 16,000 people. Its origins are in the UK where it was founded in 1934, and where it is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The majority of its $2.1 billion annual revenues are still derived from the UK, where it has a national presence of licensed betting offices and one of the leading online betting and gaming services. In 2012, it established William Hill US with a focus on retail and mobile operations in Nevada, which is now the largest sports betting business in the USA. William Hill US currently operates 107 race and sports books in Nevada and the state's leading mobile sports betting app.  Following the ruling in May 2018 by the Supreme Court that the federal ban on state sponsored sports betting was unconstitutional, the company is planning to operate where permitted by law throughout America. William Hill US is operating in New Jersey at Monmouth Park Racetrack and Ocean Resort Casino and is a licensed sports betting provider for several casinos in Mississippi.  William Hill US is the exclusive risk manager for the sports lottery in Delaware.  William Hill also has licensed operations in The Bahamas, Italy and Spain and serves online customers throughout the world from its Online headquarters in Gibraltar.



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


William Hill CONTACT: Michael Grodsky, Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations, (702) 378-7852

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC (IGT).




 INTRALOT Announce New Contract in Turkey


ATHENS, Greece (August 28, 2018) -- INTRALOT announces the signing of a new contract between the Turkish State Organization SporToto and INTELTEK, its subsidiary in Turkey, in partnership with Turkcell, to continue the operation and technical support of the successful and extremely popular fixed odds sports betting game Iddaa for up to one additional year, starting August 29, 2018.

The new contract is under the same main terms with the 10-year contract that expires on August 28, 2018. INTELTEK was awarded the first contract by SporToto in 2003 and introduced the Iddaa game in 2004 extending its services through a competitive tender process in 2008.



INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 52 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €1.1 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,100 employees (3,100 of which in subsidiaries and 2,000 in associates) in 2017, INTRALOT is an innovation – driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise. Through the use of a dynamic and omni-channel approach, INTRALOT offers an integrated portfolio of best-in-class gaming systems and product solutions & services addressing all gaming verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT). Players can enjoy a seamless and personalized experience through exciting games and premium content across multiple delivery channels, both retail and interactive. INTRALOT has been awarded with the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for its global lottery operations.

For more info: Mr. Chris Sfatos, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email:




Game-Tec Labs Supplies National Lottery in Guatemala


VISTA, CA, USA. (August 28, 2018) --  Game-Tec Labs, a leading provider of gaming systems and services to the worldwide lottery and sports betting industries, announced that it has provided a turn-key, nationwide lottery system in the country of Guatemala.  The solution delivered consists of the advanced GT-NET lottery gaming platform, 3500 point-of-sale lottery terminals, pre-launch implementation and consulting services and ongoing post-launch system support.


The lottery is operated by the Pediatric Foundation under the brand Lotería del Niño. Game-Tec Labs’ GT-INSTANT module will initially be used for full life cycle management of instant (scratch-off) lottery tickets.  The GT-INSTANT technology enables a highly secure inventory management, ticket distribution, and real-time winning ticket validation solution. Additional products are planned for introduction over the coming year.

Under this Agreement Game-Tec Labs is also providing system hosting and management services via our GT-CloudNet offering.  These services enable lotteries to lease highly scalable, reliable, and secure computing services on a very reasonable monthly payment basis.  Equipment which may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to own and manage can instead but had for a relatively small monthly fee instead.  Game-Tec Labs is a pioneer in cloud-based hosting services for lotteries and expects these sorts of services to become more commonplace in the years to come.

About Game-Tec Labs:

Game-Tec Labs is a U.S. based international gaming company that provides solutions and services to regulated and licensed gaming operators around the world.  We specialize in lottery, sports betting, and casino gaming applications that require high performance, security, and extreme reliability.  The company has customers on four continents.  For more information please visit or email

SOURCE: Game-Tec Labs.



NC Education Lottery Raises Most Money Ever in Single Year, $670 million

Sets new ticket sales record for 12th year in a row

RALEIGH, NC (August 23, 2018) -- Thanks to record-breaking sales, the N.C. Education Lottery raised the most money ever in fiscal year 2018 for education programs in North Carolina as earnings climbed 7.7 percent to $670 million.


Lottery ticket sales totaled $2.6 billion at the end of the fiscal year on June 30, also up 7 percent from the year before, according to final but unaudited results. The lottery has increased its sales in every year of operations.

Mark Michalko, executive director of the lottery, said the record-breaking results reflect how much North Carolinians enjoy playing lottery games and winning prizes as they help raise money for a good cause.

The business of the lottery is to provide fun and fair games that deliver prizes that can make someone’s day, their week, or maybe change their life,” said Michalko.

North Carolinians choose how to spend their entertainment dollars. The lottery would not be setting these records if its games did not enjoy broad support across our state.”

The sales make the Education Lottery one of the top sales and marketing organizations in the state. Daily averages show:

  • $7.1 million a day in sales.
  • $4.5 million a day in prizes.
  • $1.8 million a day raised for education.


Michalko said with each year of progress more and more people can see the benefits of the money raised by the lottery. The additional funds help counties build and repair schools, help North Carolina students cover the costs of college, support school systems and provide pre-school for four-year-olds in every county of the state.

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The lottery also awarded the most number of prizes of $1 million or more ever, delivering 70 such prizes. The biggest wins of the year were four $10 million top prizes in scratch-off games. In all, the lottery awarded $1.65 billion in prizes. Many winners put their money right back to work in the economy, by paying bills, buying new houses or cars, taking vacations, saving the money for retirement or college, or donating to good causes they care about.

Retailers across the state earned $181 million in commissions, $12 million more than the year before. The commissions play an important role in the state’s retail economy. An additional 158 businesses joined the lottery’s retail network, bringing the total number of lottery retailers to 7,021. Lottery retailers earn 7 percent of their sales in commissions and those earnings play an important role in the state’s retail economy.

Final transfers to the state in June brought the lottery’s total contribution since inception to more than $5.8 billion

NC Education Lottery CONTACT: Van Denton, Phone: (919) 301-3308.

SOURCE: NC Education Lottery.


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Cowboys, Texas Lottery Launch New Scratch Ticket Report

FRISCO, Texas (August 23, 2018) -- As football season draws near, the Texas Lottery® and the Dallas Cowboys have announced that they will team up for a 10th consecutive year to launch a new Cowboys scratch ticket and promotional second-chance drawings. Texas Lottery and Dallas Cowboys representatives introduced the newest version of the $5 game today at The Star in Frisco.

The new Cowboys scratch ticket, which launched on Aug. 20, offers more than $30.3 million in total cash prizes, including 10 top prizes of $100,000 and more than 4,700 non-cash second-chance prizes. Overall odds of winning an instant-win cash prize are one in 3.99, including break-even prizes.

We are thrilled to partner up with the Dallas Cowboys’ organization for a 10th year to generate funding for public schools in Texas,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the


Texas Lottery. “The promotional second-chance drawings will once again offer our players the opportunity to win exciting VIP experiences and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Since the first Cowboys scratch ticket launched in 2009, the Cowboys-themed games have generated more than $314.8 million in sales and $65.3 million for Texas education. During that time, more than $217.9 million in prizes from the game has been awarded to winners.

Dallas Cowboys Owner/President/General Manager Jerry Jones, had this to say, “It is truly special to partner with a great organization like the Texas Lottery that not only helps us provide great experiences to our fans, but moreover our co-branded Cowboys Scratch Ticket will aid in supporting the future of our great state by giving back to Texas Education. The Texas Lottery partnership allows us to reach Cowboys fans all across the state for a chance to join us in experiences; at the Draft in the War Room, here at Training Camp, Win Season Tickets, or view a game from a Luxury Suite at AT&T Stadium. In that same way, we also reach young dreamers as they learn and grow with the help of our fine teachers in the Texas Education system. That’s something we are very proud of in this partnership.”

Players can enter non-winning Cowboys scratch tickets into any of the five promotional second-chance drawings to be held throughout the run of the game for chance to win experiential prizes, including a Dallas Cowboys Wild Weekend package, Draft Day party package, Training Camp package, season tickets, autographed jerseys and Cowboys Pro Shop gift cards. Before entering non-winning tickets into the drawing, Texas Lottery players must register or already be registered with the Texas Lottery Luck Zone.

There will be 947 prizes awarded in each of the five second-chance drawings. Each drawing will include:

  • One (1) Dallas Cowboys “Wild Weekend” package (The package is for a winner plus 19 guests.) Valued at $65,787.90*.
  • Two (2) “Draft Day Party” packages (Each package is for a winner plus a guest.) Valued at $65,787.90*.
  • One (1) “Training Camp” package for two (2) at the Dallas Cowboys training facility in Frisco, Texas. (The package is for a winner plus a guest.) Valued at $9,866.84*.
  • Eighteen (18) pairs of Season Tickets to the next complete season of team home games (Season is based on the date of prize fulfillment.) Valued at $13,156.32* for each pair.
  • Three hundred twenty (320) autographed authentic jerseys from Dallas Cowboys players (as determined by the Dallas Cowboys). Valued at $475 each.
  • Six hundred five (605) $100 Dallas Cowboys Gift Cards (Valued at $100 each) (*- Prize values include federal withholding tax.)


The five entry deadlines for the separate second-chance drawings are: Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 13, with the final drawing date yet to be determined.

The Cowboys scratch ticket will be sold at more than 17,500 Texas Lottery® retail locations across the state and at every Dallas Cowboys home game during the 2018 season.

SOURCE: Dallas Cowboys press release.


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Minnesota Lottery Announce Record Sales and Record Proceeds to Minnesota


ROSEVILLE, Minnesota (August 28, 2018) -- More Minnesotans are saying I’MN to the Minnesota Lottery than ever before. Lottery sales set a record during Fiscal Year 2018, reaching $596.5 million, driven primarily by scratch game sales, which also set a record of $411.2 million.

Record sales also means the Minnesota Lottery delivered its biggest win yet for Minnesota—returning a record of $145 million to its beneficiaries, including $77 million to the state’s General Fund, $66 million to environmental programs, and $2 million to support problem gambling prevention and treatment programs.

More than 1,000 unique environmental programs have been funded with MN Lottery dollars, including 20+ programs represented at the Minnesota State Fair.

SOURCE: Minnesota Lottery.


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Veikkaus Release Interim Report Q2/2018; Preparing for Large-Scale Changes in the Coming Years

 Finland (August 28, 2018)

  • Turnover EUR 1 587.2 million (-0.3%).
  • Profit EUR 505.5 million (+2.5%).
  • 57.1% of the turnover came from the POS and 42.9% from the digital channels.
  • According to preliminary analyses, the game restriction concept covering online gaming has helped to prevent problem gambling successfully.
  • The turnover of Lucky Games (EUR 610.8 million) increased by 5.6 percent over the previous year. The large jackpots and the 90-million-euro prize landed in Loimaa, Finland, boosted the sales of Eurojackpot (EUR 159.4 million, +37.5%).
  • 45.1% of the gaming took place identified (+4.5 percentage points).



President and CEO Olli Sarekoski:

"Veikkaus is preparing for large-scale changes in the coming years. The drastic changes in the operating environment, the ever-accelerating international competition, and our planned shift towards comprehensive identification on decentralised slot machines require us to carry out special measures and development work.

In 2018, we are revising our strategy to secure our competitiveness in the upcoming future changes in the operating environment and the rapidly accelerating competition. The competition over customers is toughest in the digital channels; therefor success in digital business will be one of the cornerstones of the revised strategy. The total gambling market in Finland amounted to an estimated EUR 981 million (+1.9%) in terms of GGR in the period between January and June. Veikkaus’ share of the total market was ca. 89 percent.


The prevention of gambling problems is important to Veikkaus, and we take a positive stand towards the Ministry of the Interior bill on the transition to comprehensive identification on decentralised slot machines from the beginning of 2021 onwards.The bill concerning the amendment of the Lotteries Act was submitted for consultation at the end of June. However, the transition period given in the bill does entail a certain risk to the funding of the beneficiaries.According to our estimates, moving to comprehensive identification on decentralised slot machines will reduce gaming proceeds, depending on the gaming restriction concept. The impacts of the different proposed implementation options on the gaming revenue would amount to 78–170 million euros in the year 2021 according to our estimates. In addition to this, the lottery tax and our partners’ retailer commissions would be affected significantly.In order to minimise the negative impacts, it is of primary importance that we can rapidly adopt effective means of promoting identified gaming and secure our opportunities to develop gaming operations in digital business.

At the end of last year we launched a gaming restriction concept covering online gaming, which is unique even in the international setting. The transition period of adopting the concept ended at the end of March. According to our preliminary estimates, the gaming and money transfer limits have helped us prevent problem gambling and protect high-risk gamblers. The gaming restriction concept reduced the growth of the GGR in Veikkaus’ digital channel by ca. EUR 10–15 million during the first six months of the year.In the future it will be important to monitor whether the restriction concept affects the gambling problems as intended, and we will also need to make use of our increasing understanding whilst developing the tools of gaming control further.

During the second quarter of the year, both Lotto and Eurojackpot boasted exceptionally large jackpots. Eurojackpot, in particular, increased in popularity during the jackpot rollover, which reached 90 million euros in May and June, as well as the 90-million-euro prize that was landed in Loimaa, Finland, in the spring.”

SOURCE: Veikkaus.


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CAIXA and Brazilian Federation of Lottery Companies Meet to Discuss Transportation of Securities, Internet Games and Other Themes


BRAZIL (August 24, 2018) -- On August 21, the Brazilian Federation of Lottery Companies (FEBRALOT), CAIXA Econômica Federal and presidents of the state trade unions met in Brasilia to discuss the transportation of securities. The meeting was as follows:

Transportation of Securities: (additional)

Today, the average cost invested by Caixa on a monthly basis is R $ 25.6 million distributed among 7,865 lottery holders, who are entitled to this additional cost. The current payment method made by the manager is fixed amount of R $ 1,960.00 plus 0.028% on the value entries in the stores regardless of the value of exits. The limit of payment limit is R $ 5,600.00 per lottery.

The proposal presented by Caixa Econômica Federal was to maintain the fixed at R $ 1,960.00 and the variable part would be 0.052%, but the calculation would be on the difference between the inflows minus the exits of values in the stores. The ceiling would rise to $ 8,000.

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With the proposal presented, virtually all costs related to the valuation would be contemplated, but the fixed amount for a lottery that makes 22 monthly collections is far below the amount spent by the entrepreneur.

FEBRALOT considered the proposal well below the values practiced by the network. Although it appreciated the variable part based on the difference between the debits and the credits, but it is necessary to correct the fixed part of the current R$1,960.00.22082018-ReunionCaixaFebralot-11

Currently R$1,960.00 divided by 22 collections represent R $ 89.00 per collection (Febralot presented a proposal of R$110.00, and may even be paid by collection instead of fixed payment).

Caixa has analysed the FEBRALOT numbers and evaluated the feasibility of implementing it in this way.

On August 22, the same entities met to discuss matters related to games.

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In this theme, the lottery representatives presented their considerations emphasizing that there is an increasing number of businessmen dissatisfied with this modality and the ticket run is increasing, causing numerous losses in their stores. On the other hand, there were considerations that this modality represents for some entrepreneurs an important revenue in their stores.

The conclusion was the need to find ways to avoid losses and at the same time keep the income of the entrepreneurs.

22082018-ReunionCaixaFebralot-9The Caixa presented some scenarios of changes and after some discussions was agreed a change that will happen from January 2019.

Starting next year, the Federal Lottery will pass on Wednesdays and Saturdays to have a single series of 100,000 tickets with the cover cost of forty reais (R$40,00) and with the main prize of five hundred thousand reais (R$500,000.00) ).


This is increasing the number of tickets on Wednesday at 11,000 tickets, but are reducing the amount of Saturday at approximately 80,000 tickets.

The special extractions (one per month) will have their values set at R $ 100.00 always with single series, except the Christmas extraction composed of 2 series that remains as it is currently.

A development project has been presented where part of the ticket quota can be made available by TFL, thus allowing entrepreneurs who have sold their entire quota before closing to fill new available numbers that have not been distributed.

This is a request made by FEBRALOT that will certainly bring countless advantages to all entrepreneurs.

They will be presented for consultation of the Lottery Network as will be the new ticket division.

Following were discussed the dates for distribution of the Federal Millionaire Extractions in the lottery schedule. Those in attendance expressed their opinion on the best dates for sales to be favoured.

Campaign #Time Together

The #TamoJunior campaign that is already underway should bring awards to entrepreneurs who achieve the established goals.

FEBRALOT said that the campaign is not getting much publicity on the network and that many entrepreneurs are not aware of its rules. Caixa has improved this disclosure.22082018-ReunionCaixaFebralot-64

All information is on the campaign website, on the GELOT (CAIXA) page, prizes, regulation etc. access through:

The prizes will be divided into three modules: Arrecadao, Challenges and Overcoming of R$5.2 Bi.

he assessments will be carried out monthly and at the end of the Campaign. Check out the link above.


Advertising of games

The representatives of the category complained about the lack of advertisement of lotteries.

In fact, much commented was the fact that almost two weeks after the lottery of Lotofácil de Independênciano advertising has yet been seen in the media.

The manager explained that there is an electoral law under discussion that prevents Caixa from advertising in this period.

FEBRALOT countered that as there may not be this Special Lottery advertisement, however, many more especially from Online Lotteries are being made available on the radio and television media.

All present expressed harsh criticism of this situation and Caixa promised to release shortly announcements for the special game that will take place in September and likewise it was agreed that in the ads of the lottery online will also be presented also the lottery as a way to bet as well.

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The Dupla Sena is expected to undergo a refurbishment in the coming days. This is a modality that is dropping its sales a lot and perhaps with a remodelling it may add to a higher billing. This is an attempt to improve the product.


The present ones defined the final rules of the new modality denominated SUPERSETE with date of implantation in the next months. There were many doubts about how to make this mode accept multiple bets that allow the jackpots. FEBRALOT understands that it is not possible to enter any new betting mode without the option of a bet. This modality was planned before the balls and a path had to be found for inclusion.

Online Games

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Once again, FEBRALOT expressed its total dissatisfaction with the percentage attributed to the Lottery Network as a commission. Caixa, in its considerations, presented the initial results of collection and highlighted its expectations that this means of betting will reach up to 3% and, basically, will come from an audience that no longer bets on the lottery houses, and thus no lottery will be harmed. Other considerations have been debated as lack of clarification for Category to proceed with premium payments. The main point highlighted is that you can not refuse to pay the premium as some entrepreneurs are doing and this can lead to penalties.

Once the manager's participation in the meeting was over, FEBRALOT and Unions met to discuss actions to be taken in the case of Internet gaming in addition to other situations. In this part of the meeting was present the legal area of FEBRALOT that noted all the manifestations of those present and was to present some ways to this problem. Also discussed was the need for parliamentarians to be involved in supporting and strengthening this discussion.

It is necessary to find an exit that can find solutions that do not limit the work of the Class through successive Circulars. One way is to end the Permit and leave for the Concession, which allows flexibility of rights in a double-handed manner and not unilaterally as the current system is.

In order to seek legal support in this matter, there should be a financial investment that will be resolved between entities without collection at the bases. But this need will be the basis for the arguments of the negotiations that will come.

It is a fact that legal proceedings are time consuming and expensive, and in general, federations and unions are not generally favourable. Still, there is no other way without having together the support of the National Congress in search of a definitive Law.

Asked if they approved the idea, the trade union presidents present unanimously approved.

SOURCE: Brazilian Federation of Lottery Companies (FEBRALOT).



BCLC Contributes Record $1.4 Billion to British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BC, Canada (August 28, 2018) -- BCLC has released four reports detailing its performance in fiscal year 2017/18 in the areas of financial performance, social responsibility, executive compensation and service provider commissions.


BCLC’s results in these areas strike the right balance between creating outstanding entertainment experiences for players and upholding social responsibility – from new content and distribution of key product categories, to a strategy and evaluation framework that focus on player health.

BCLC posted a net income of $1.401 billion in fiscal year 2017/18, exceeding the previous year’s net income by $61.5 million. Full details of BCLC’s financial performance are in the 2017/18 Annual Service Plan Report.

Managing business in a socially responsible manner is key to achieving BCLC’s vision. The 2017/18 Social Responsibility Report shares results of efforts, and how gambling revenue supports B.C. communities.

The 2017/18 Gambling Service Provider Commissions Report outlines BCLC’s current compensation model, and amounts earned by casino and community gaming Service Providers.

BCLC is required to disclose annually all compensation provided to the CEO and the next four highest paid executives. BCLC’s 2017/18 Statement of Executive Compensation is also on the Public Sector Employer’s Council Secretariat website.

Since 1985, BCLC has been helping communities grow. Thanks to players in B.C., more than $21 billion generated by gambling activities went back into healthcare, education and community groups across B.C. Learn more here.

SOURCE: BCLC press release.


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Gambling Commission Completes Investigation Into Control and Governance Failings at Camelot

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (August 23, 2018) -- The Gambling Commission has completed an investigation into historic control and governance failings at Camelot.

The investigation was launched because failings relating to the governance, risk and control framework were identified at the National Lottery operator.


To ensure Camelot took swift action to improve its levels of compliance with the licence conditions, the Commission initially put the investigation on hold and directed Camelot to focus its efforts and resources on implementing solutions.

Camelot’s response was a programme of activity it called the ‘Operational Excellence Programme’ (OEP). In addition, the Commission directed that Camelot conduct a Board Effectiveness Review (BER).

Once Camelot had made sufficient progress on the OEP and BER, the Commission progressed the investigation. This included looking into other controls related failures that had emerged subsequent to the start of the investigation.

Richard Watson, Gambling Commission Executive Director, said: “Camelot has taken a number of steps to rectify the issues and given us assurances that they now have the right processes in place to prevent reoccurrences. It is crucial that the National Lottery is run fairly, safely and with integrity and we’ll continue to hold Camelot to account."

Camelot will pay a £1.15m penalty package for failings which included a fault within a mobile app and publishing an incomplete list of raffle prizes following a Lotto draw.

Click here for the regulatory settlement.

CONTACT: press office on 0121 230 6700 or email:

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.


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Maryland Lottery and Gaming Marketing Chief Returns to Agency

Lottery Industry Veteran Takes Over His Previous Post

BALTIMORE, Maryland (August 23, 2018) – Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica today announced the return of Leo Mamorsky to the position of Managing Director, Chief Marketing Officer. Mamorsky returns after serving as SVP/CMO for New York Empire State Development, where he managed a multi-million dollar marketing budget to promote New York State tourism and business attraction and retention.


A veteran advertising and marketing professional with nearly 40 years of agency and client experience managing national brands, Mamorsky is no stranger to the lottery industry. During his 22-year tenure working with the New York Lottery, he was instrumental in increasing their sales from $1.6 billion to more than $7 billion, garnering him industry-wide recognition for his award-winning, integrated marketing savvy.

We’re all looking forward to Leo’s return,” Medenica said.  “He is a consummate lottery professional and a creative powerhouse who will be key in helping us drive new and exciting advertising, marketing and product strategies.

Since its inception in 1973, Maryland Lottery and Gaming has awarded more than $25.6 billion in prizes to Lottery players and more than $16 billion in Lottery revenue to the State of Maryland. One of Maryland’s largest revenue sources, the Lottery supports important state programs and services including education, public safety and health, human resources and the environment. For more information, go to Please remember to play responsibly and within your budget. For confidential help or information about gambling problems, visit or call 1-800-GAMBLER.

For Information, CONTACT: Carole Bober Gentry, 410-230-8725 (office), 410-365-6384 (cell), Email:

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming.



Have You Registered Yet for the WLS 2018 in Buenos Aires?


It is already July, and WLS 2018 in Buenos Aires, the lottery event of the year, will soon kick-off in grand style.

If you have not yet registered for this important event, we encourage you to do so today. As a member-based association with a global reach, a key goal of the WLA is to provide our members with a platform for learning international lottery best practice, as well as a forum for networking with lottery colleagues from around the world. There is no other event in the industry that meets these goals better than the World Lottery Summit.

In the interest of our attendees, we have negotiated excellent room rates. We recommend you to act now and take advantage of this great offer, which will only last until October 12, 2018.

The WLA together with host ALEA look forward to welcoming you in Buenos Aires for WLS 2018, the WLA’s flagship event.

To register, please CLICK HERE.

Further information about the convention can be found at the WLS 2018 website at:


See you in Buenos Aires!



Jean-Luc Moner-Banet

WLA President




2018 APLA Regional Conference 8 - 12 October 2018 - Registration OPEN!

Dear friends of APLA

Hurray! We are pleased to announce that the Registration for the 2018 APLA Regional Conference is now open!

The details for this event are as follows:

  • Date: 8 - 12 October 2018 (Business Program on 9 - 11 October 2018)\
  • Venue: Hilton Kuching Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Theme: Rumble in the Jungle


This Conference is being hosted and organized by Magnum Corporation Sdn Bhd.

A very interesting and varied business program has been drawn up to keep the attention of the delegates' interests on all 2.5 days.

Have a read at the ebrochure attached and you will find we have invited a Global Keynote Speaker, Guest speakers with domain knowledge on the topics selected, our very own Panelists from our peers to share their experiences, our popular debate with a thought-provoking topic and a special half day workshop on Design Thinking. Not forgetting the sharing from our valued Sponsors on their commitment and direction towards embracing which new technologies.

Do keep checking the APLA website for more announcements and updates ( and note that the Closing Date for the Conference Registration and Hotel booking is 24 September 2018.

See you all in Kuching!


Beh Swan Swan APLA Secretariat Administrator



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