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A Weekly Snapshot of the Top Lottery and Gaming News Stories



Vol. 84 No.11 - Monday September 10, 2018

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IGT Presents New Hardware and Gaming Technology at SAGSE Buenos Aires 2018


LONDON, U.K. (August 29, 2018) -- International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE:IGT) today announced that the Company will present new-to-the-region hardware and award-winning technology from its gaming solutions portfolio at SAGSE Buenos Aires, September 11-13 at the Costa Salguero Convention Center. The Company’s SPHINX 4D™ game featuring industry-first technology and the stunning CrystalDual® 27 gaming machine will make their Argentina market debut in IGT’s stand 206.


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...

SAGSE presents an excellent opportunity for IGT to highlight our commitment to our customers in Latin America and to showcase how IGT solutions can differentiate our customers’ gaming venues and support their continued growth,” said Walter Bugno, IGT CEO International. “The market introduction of SPHINX 4D with TRUE 4D technology and the versatile CrystalDual® 27 gaming machine reinforce our dedication to delivering our most compelling innovations to the region.”

Product highlights within IGT’s SAGSE stand will include:

  • CrystalDual® 27 Cabinet and Content: SAGSE marks the premiere of IGT’s CrystalDual® 27 gaming machine in the Argentina market. The striking cabinet represents the evolution of the Crystal hardware series and features dual, high-definition, 27-inch displays, the option for bank-wide synchronized lighting, a mobile device charging port, and more. The eye-catching cabinet will showcase titles such as the SCARAB™ and Temple of Fire™ games.
  • TRUE 4D™ and TRUE 3D™ Technology: For the first time in Latin America, the Company will present its TRUE 4D technology on the award-winning SPHINX 4D game. Housed on the CrystalCurve™ TRUE 4D™ cabinet, the SPHINX 4D game leverages TRUE 3D technology, gesture recognition and mid-air haptic technologies to deliver a multi-sensory gaming experience. IGT will also showcase the player-favorite Zuma™ 3D game within its stand. Housed on the AXXIS® 3D gaming machine, Zuma 3D features glasses-free TRUE 3D technology and seven progressive bonuses.
  • CrystalCurve™ Cabinet and Content: IGT will showcase the gorgeous CrystalCurve cabinet, which features an ultra-HD, 4K, 43-inch curved display. Premium titles on the hardware include Fortune Gong™ Dragon, Phoenix, and Tiger, along with the Fort Knox® game with the Twin Win™, Majestic Gorilla®, and Cleo® base games. The Company will also highlight games from its core video portfolio with titles such as the Golden Egypt Grand, Cleopatra® Gold, and All In games on the CrystalCurve gaming machine.
  • Multi-Game Solutions: The Company will display its multi-game solutions, USwitch™ and diversity HD game suites on the AXXIS™ 23/23 cabinet and the CrystalDual 27 gaming machines. The USwitch game groups similar games together, making it easy for players to find games that suit their individual preferences. Diversity HD game bundles 6 and 7 will also be on display within IGT’s stand. Diversity HD game bundles are comprised of 12 engaging IGT titles such as the Solar Disc™, Ascent of the King™, and Ocean Magic™ games. IGT will also showcase the Money Strike™ progressive solution on the AXXIS 23/23 cabinet. The Money Strike game is a bolt-on progressive that enhances a variety of games, including IGT's diversity HD content bundles.
  • Systems and Mobile Solutions: IGT will present a range of systems solutions within its SAGSE stand including its IGT Advantage® casino management system and IGT’s content management system, M5. The M5 solution is built with HTML-5 which enables operators to build content once and deploy it across multiple channels. M5 offers players many conveniences such as the ability to order a drink or make a restaurant reservation without having to leave their favorite slot. The Company will also spotlight its mobile offerings including PlaySpot™ and the Cardless Connect™ system solutions. With Cardless Connect technology, players can initiate their player loyalty sessions by simply tapping their mobile phone onto the gaming machine. PlaySpot technology enables visitors to land-based casinos to use their mobile device to play slots and table games for real money, all from a single, easy-to-use mobile app.


Other product highlights within IGT’s stand includes:

  • Premium content on the S3000® gaming machine with titles such as the Red Hot Enchiladas!™, Red Hot Chimichangas!™, and Triple Double Diamond® games.
  • The Hyper Hits™ Multi-Level Progressive on the CrystalSlant 27 gaming machine with titles such as the Heavenly Treasures™ and Greek Glory™ games.


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. For more information, please visit


Robert K. Vincent, Corporate Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452

Kelley Waynert, Global Communications, Gaming (702) 669-3236

James Hurley, Investor Relations, (401) 392-7190

Simone Cantagallo, (+39) 06 51899030; for Italian media inquiries





INTRALOT Sign New Contract in Germany


ATHENS, Greece (September 5, 2018) -- INTRALOT Global Operations B.V. a fully owned subsidiary company of INTRALOT S.A., following a competitive tender process procured by the German State Lottery “LOTTO Hamburg GmbH” was awarded a ten (10) years contract for the provision of a new integrated Lottery System Platform with multi-mandate capability, customised to the individual needs and requirements of Lotto Hamburg as well as to the German Lottery Market, supporting LOTTO Hamburg’s Strategic and Operational objectives.

LOTTO Hamburg is the state licensed lottery of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and offers state licensed games such as LOTTO 6aus49, GlücksSpirale, KENO, EuroJackpot and the legal sports betting games ODDSET and Toto, for over 60 years. In 2017 the Lottery generated ca. €150 million in stakes.

The agreement includes the supply, customization and installation of INTRALOT’s holistic and cross-channel Lottery Gaming Platform based on the L10 Product, the next generation of LOTOS platform, along with the terminal software for the operation of its 450 terminals, the Interactive Gaming Platform (based on the Player PULSE CRM-Platform) as well as the innovative Content Management System (based on CANVAS Platform).

INTRALOT will also provide the Lottery with training, Terminal installation and related maintenance and support services.


Mr. Michael Heinrich, Managing Director of LOTTO Hamburg GmbH, stated: “As result of an extensive tendering process we tasked INTRALOT with implementing a new Lottery Suite based on LOTOS 10. The Lottery Suite will cover all processes and distribution channels of our lottery business. We are convinced that we will get a future-proof system meeting all our requirements for adapting to customer needs and legal changes much faster and at less costs because of its new modular and micro-services-oriented architecture. We know the professionalism and efficiency of INTRALOT since 2006, so we are looking forward to a smooth customization and implementation process followed by another 10 years of successful operation and cooperation period.”

INTRALOT’s Group Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos commented: “We have been working for Lotto Hamburg more than ten years now, and this new contract award will strengthen more our relationship, while in parallel it proves that we have met Lotto Hamburg’s Strategic and Operational objectives as well as our good track record and successful presence in Germany. We are honoured by Lotto Hamburg’s trust and we are committed to provide the best solution in terms of security, reliability, technology, products, cost-efficiency and services, coupled with a true partnership approach, which will provide considerable advantages to the stakeholders and customers of LOTTO Hamburg GmbH.”


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:



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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Showcasing Solutions to Help Suppliers Enter Latin America at SAGSE

GLI’s Latin America Team Brings 20 Years of Supplier, Regulator, and Operator Experience to Booth #301


LAS VEGAS, NV (September 4, 2018) – As the global gaming industry turns its attention to SAGSE, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) will showcase solutions that help land-based, online, and lottery suppliers worldwide enter Latin American markets faster. GLI will be in booth #301.

Technology is evolving rapidly, and that makes the gaming industry incredibly exciting. We are very much looking forward to this year’s SAGSE, discussing new technologies with attendees and helping the LatAm gaming industry to grow,” said Karen Sierra-Hughes, GLI’s Director of Latin American and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development. “Globally, suppliers know GLI is the only lab that can take them anywhere in the world, and our quality means they get to market faster. We offer suppliers more markets for less, and our locally based experts provide our clients with deeper insights.


GLI’s detailed and proven supplier testing and certification services reduce costs and speed time to market. Additionally, the company’s services for regulators, such as field inspections, security audits, and responsible gaming services help regulators maintain the highest levels of compliance and public trust.

Whether attendees are suppliers, operators, or regulators, GLI will be able to help with global insights delivered from a local perspective. The company has been working in Latin America for nearly 20 years and is celebrating the 10th anniversary at its GLI South America lab.

Among its recent successes in Latin America, GLI became the first independent test laboratory to be accredited by Lottery of the City of Buenos Aires (LOTBA), and the company welcomed 80 representatives from 33 government entities and 19 countries to its Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable.

The company will also be helping regulators, suppliers, and operators face the growing challenges of cybersecurity. Sierra-Hughes said, “Every company must do everything they can to increase their cybersecurity through careful planning. The reality is, staying ahead of an attack is a much better strategy than recovering from one. We will discuss many different cybersecurity services at SAGSE, and we strongly encourage all attendees to discuss this crucial business matter with us.

About GLI

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and assessment services. GLI’s laboratory locations are found on six continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. GLI also holds ISTBQ certification. For more information, visit

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International press release.



WV Governor Announces Larrick Has Stepped Down as Lottery Director; Names Buffington as Acting Director

CHARLESTON, WV (August 31, 2018) -- After the successful launch of sports gaming at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town yesterday, Alan Larrick informed Governor Jim Justice that he would step down as the Director of the West Virginia Lottery effective September 1, 2018.


Larrick expressed his thanks to Governor Justice for the honour and privilege of serving the people of West Virginia and for the opportunity to work with the great staff at the Lottery.

Governor Justice thanked Larrick for his service to the people of West Virginia. “There is no question he has done an excellent job and he will be missed,” Governor Justice said.

Since Larrick's appointment in January 2017, in addition to sports gaming, Larrick oversaw a 12% increase in instant sales, the first year over year increase in instant sales in more than a decade, and a $12 million total sales increase from the previous year, the first year over year sales increase since 2012.

The Governor has appointed Doug Buffington as the acting director of the West Virginia Lottery.

The appointment is effective immediately.

 Buffington is currently serving as the Deputy Secretary for the West Virginia Secretary of Revenue.

SOURCE: Office of the Governor.


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Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) CEO Ross Ferrar Retires after 17 Years

SYDNEY, Australia (August 31, 2018) -- The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) today announced the appointment of Chris Muir as CEO following the retirement of its long-serving Chief Executive, Ross Ferrar.

GTA Chairman Adrian Halpenny said: “I would like to thank Ross for his service to the GTA for the past 17 years. He has been a keen and steadfast advocate for the Association and its members and has had a distinguished career in the industry.


Under Ross’ leadership, the GTA has developed a strong record of advocating for its members in support of a robust and sound regulatory environment and has made an important contribution to the public discussion around our industry.

The GTA will continue to participate as a voice of reason in the public discourse about poker machines and their role as a legitimate entertainment choice enjoyed by millions of Australians.”

Incoming CEO, Chris Muir said: “I would like to thank Ross for the hard work and guidance he has provided the GTA for almost two decades. I am excited to continue to work with the GTA members and our industry stakeholders to best represent them on issues pertaining to technical and regulatory matters and advocate strongly for them.”

Mr Muir joined the GTA in June from senior-level roles in both NSW and Federal governments, including as a chief of staff to senior ministers and as a senior official at AUSTRAC.

Mr Halpenny said: “Chris has worked closely with Ross over the past three months particularly in our regulatory engagements and in the planning for the recent industry showcase the Australasian Gaming Expo. The Board looks forward to working with Chris to continue to represent the interests of members with all of our industry stakeholders.”

CONTACT: GRACosway, T: (02) 8353 0400.

SOURCE: The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA).


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Hoosier Lottery Releases the Voice Scratch-off Ticket

2nd chance offers a once in a lifetime VIP experience


INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (September 4, 2018) – The $5 The Voice Scratch-off is available at Hoosier Lottery retailers today, the Hoosier Lottery announced Tuesday.

The $5 The Voice Scratch-off gives players the chance to win one of three top prizes of $100,000. Players simply match YOUR NUMBERS to the WINNING NUMBERS to win the PRIZE shown. If players find a 5X symbol, they win five times the prize shown.

When players scratch the I WANT YOU play area and reveal a YES symbol, they can win $20 instantly.

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When they scratch the STEAL bonus area and reveal a microphone symbol, they can win $50 instantly.

The $5 The Voice Scratch-off offers players the opportunity of a lifetime with The Voice 2nd Chance Promotion. Players can enter non-winning $5 The Voice Scratch-off tickets via the free Hoosier Lottery app or at  Players must sign up for a free myLOTTERY account if they don’t already have one to enter their tickets.

Eight Hoosier Lottery winners will be drawn for a VIP trip to The Voice Experience where they will each receive round trip tickets for two to Las Vegas, two deluxe hotel accommodations in Las Vegas, three deluxe hotel nights in Los Angeles, ground transportation, one thousand dollars spending cash, a Hollywood bus tour, two tickets to The Voice: Neon Dreams concert in Las Vegas, and two tickets to The Voice Viewing Party and Millionaire Maker Event where each winner will win a cash prize and may have the opportunity to win one million dollars and a chance to attend The Voice Season 16 finale.

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The Voice Estimated Overall Odds are 1 in 3.61. The Voice Experience 2nd Chance odds of winning are dependent on the total number of valid entries entered at the time of the drawing. © 2018 Talpa Content B.V. The Voice is a registered trademark, licensed by Talpa Global B.V.


Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million to the Teachers' Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2017, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $228 million to the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

CONTACT: Jerry Grider, Hoosier Lottery, Sr. Manager of Public Relations, T: 317-264-4676 office, E:

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery press release.



Successful Bid Announced for Guangdong Welfare Lottery’s Scanner Project

The Board is pleased to announce that Lottnal, a subsidiary of the Company, has successively won a bid for Guangdong Welfare Lottery Issuance Centre’s Lottery Scanner Project.


HONG KONG, SAR (September 3, 2018) -- The Board of Directors (the "Board") of China LotSynergy Holdings Limited (the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, collectively referred to as the "Group") is pleased to announce that Guangzhou Lottnal Terminal Company Limited ("Lottnal"), a subsidiary of the Company, has successively won a bid for Guangdong Welfare Lottery Issuance Centre’s (“Guangdong Welfare Lottery”) “Lottery Scanner Project”, providing 16,000 lottery scanners along with maintenance and other services to Guangdong Welfare Lottery.

Lottnal scored highest with 94.2 points against the evaluation criteria. The bid-winning model, LT-BS100C QR code scanner (“LT-BS100C”) was fully recognized by industry experts riding on its advanced design and superb performance.


The LT-BS100C comes with precise red light sight and a wide-angle image sensor, which can quickly and accurately read mobile payment codes, one-dimensional and two-dimensional barcodes, together with sound error correction feature.

The product adopts industrial design with protection class IP54, which can withstand 2.0 meters of free-falling, dustproof and waterproof with reliable performance. LT-BS100C will be deployed to the Guangdong Welfare Lottery market, and will play an active role in promoting the standardization, normalization and visualization of Guangdong Welfare Lottery betting stations.

Guangdong Welfare Lottery, the largest provincial Welfare Lottery market in China, has maintained the top sales rank for ten consecutive years, with recorded sales of approximately RMB22.884 billion in 2017 and annual sales exceeded RMB20 billion for four consecutive years.

Guangdong Welfare Lottery has become a vital driving force of Welfare Lottery sales growth, attaching great importance to the innovation in a move to propel development and pursuit of breakthrough.

The Group has been serving Guangdong Welfare Lottery for many years. Its subsidiary, Beijing Bestinfo Cyber Technology Co., Ltd., provides Computer Ticket Game (“CTG”) Lottery Information System for Guangdong Welfare Lottery for 18 years.

The system is safe, stable, function-rich and not involved in any accident of responsibility over the 18 years, which fully meets the various needs in distribution and sales of Guangdong Welfare Lottery.

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In 2015, Guangzhou San Huan Yong Xin Technology Company Limited ("GZSH"), a subsidiary of the Company, won the bid for Guangdong Welfare Lottery’s terminal procurement project. GZSH will provide Guangdong Welfare Lottery with 20,000 new lottery terminals, in addition to maintenance, upgrade and other related services.

To date, this is the largest single terminal equipment order in China’s lottery industry. Lottnal's bid-winning lottery scanner will be fully applying to the terminals previously provided by the Group, jointly delivering safe and innovative services for Guangdong Welfare Lottery supported by the CTG system.

Provision of all-round services with continuously upgrade for the China's largest provincial lottery market is of great significance to the Group’s development in CTG area. In the future, the Group will make unremitting efforts to earn market recognition leveraging on its technical prowess and integrated services capabilities, and make contributions to China's Welfare Lottery market.

Announcement of Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2018 Interim Financial Statements

The Board of Directors (the “Board” or the “Directors”) of China LotSynergy Holdings Limited (the “Company”) hereby presents the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as the “Group”) for the six months ended 30 June 2018, together with the comparative unaudited figures for the corresponding periods in 2017.

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SOURCE: China LotSynergy Holdings Limited press release.


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Matías Lanusse, President of the Lottery of the Province of Buenos Aires, Assumes the Presidency of ALEA

CÓRDOBA, Argentina (August 31, 2018) -- On Wednesday, August 29, in the city of Córdoba, the authorities of the regulatory bodies of Argentina formally assumed, forming the Board of Directors of the association, for the biennium 2018-2019, as had been foreseen in the meeting of last 2 of August.

Mr. Matías Lanusse, President of the Lottery of the Province of Buenos Aires, assumed the head of the Board of Directors of ALEA, which renewed his positions with the participation of all jurisdictions actively.


In the Vice Presidency, Dr. Marcelo Ferraris confirmed his performance, by the Regulatory Body of the Random Game of Salta. While the 1st Vice Presidency, was assumed by Dr., María Emilia Bustos, by the Social and Financial Fund of San Luis. And the 2nd Vice-Presidency, by Dr. Carlos Barbato, for the Social Assistance Institute of Chubut.

Dr. Martín García Santillán, assumed the position of Secretary by Lottery of the City of Buenos Aires SE and CP CP Oscar Brugnoli, of Lotería Chaqueña, as Deputy Secretary.

Lic. Josefina Canale assumed the Treasury, by the Provincial Institute of Games and Casinos of Mendoza.

After welcoming the new President with applause, the authorities of the regulatory bodies reviewed the topics on the agenda: the integration of the Advisory Commissions and the Coordinating Units; the state of the funds of the entity; the dates of the federal contests; acting in CIBELAE and in the WLA. Regarding the World Lottery Congress (WLS 2018) it was defined that the CP Alfredo Monaco will continue to be the formal representative before the world entity and in matters related to the event as recognition of its performance and seeking to continue the work of the organization committee.

Finally, Neuquén and San Martín de Los Andes were ratified as the headquarters of the 64th Extraordinary Assembly, which will take place at the end of November or beginning of December of this year.


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Click here to see Board of Directors ALEA 2018-2019


SOURCE: la Asociación de Loterías Estatales de Argentina (ALEA).


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Camelot Announce Improved Range of Games that Offers Something for Everyone

UNITED KINGDOM (September 3, 2018) -- Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (‘Camelot’) today announced upcoming changes to Lotto and EuroMillions, as well as preliminary details of a brand new draw game that will launch in 2019. The changes follow the company’s recent wide-ranging strategic review, which identified improving the range of National Lottery games as one of four key areas where action was needed to enable The National Lottery to get back into long-term, sustainable growth and raising as much money as possible for Good Causes.

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  • On Lotto, new bigger, fixed* cash prizes in the main game – including a fixed prize of £1 million for matching 5+Bonus Ball – will replace the raffle.
  • The Lotto jackpot will be won or shared more often – the jackpot will only be allowed to roll five times (compared with around 10 rolls today), and a new ‘Rolldown’ mechanic will see the jackpot shared** across all winning cash prize tiers if no one matches all 6 main numbers in a must-be-won draw.
  • On EuroMillions, the prizes on the main game will stay exactly the same, but Camelot will run more special draws in which multiple guaranteed £1 million UK winners are created – and these will be bigger and better. To help fund these bigger, more frequent draws, Camelot will guarantee one UK millionaire in every draw instead of two.
  • Subject to regulatory approval, Camelot will launch a brand new annuity game in the spring of 2019, which is expected to have a top prize of thousands of pounds every month for at least 25 years.


Announcing the changes, Camelot CEO Nigel Railton said: “It was clear from the review that we needed to create a more appealing and balanced range of games that offers something for everyone. In particular, we needed to make our draw games stand out from each other and to give people the ability to play their way – with prizes, chances to win and prices to suit different tastes. "


"The portfolio updates we are announcing today will complement the other initiatives we are bringing in across retail and digital, as well as our ongoing work to make The National Lottery brand more relevant and visible – and will ensure that The National Lottery as a whole continues to deliver for both players and Good Causes alike.”

Under the refreshed draw games portfolio, there will be: a huge, rolling jackpot game (EuroMillions); a core millionaire-maker game (Lotto); a £1 value game with a top prize of £500,000 (Thunderball); and, subject to regulatory approval, a brand new annuity game, which is expected to launch in the spring of 2019 and which is expected to have a top prize of thousands of pounds every month for at least 25 years.

The changes announced today follow the launch of a new EuroMillions HotPicks game and the addition of an extra Thunderball draw day in January this year – both of which performed ahead of expectations and boosted returns to Good Causes in the last two months of the 2017/18 financial year.

Lotto (November 2018):

Lotto is the UK’s biggest-selling lottery game – with more than 10 million weekly players and millions of prizes awarded every week.

However, the game has not performed as well as expected following changes in 2015.

The strategic review also highlighted how, over time, Lotto had become too similar to EuroMillions, so a clear differentiation between the games was needed for The National Lottery’s long-term health.


Camelot has listened to what players, non-players and retailers have said that they want to see from Lotto in the future – a prize fund that’s more fairly shared, jackpots that will be won more frequently and bigger cash prizes at the other levels.

As a result, from November, new bigger, fixed cash prizes in the main game will replace the raffle; the Lotto jackpot will be won or shared more often; and new ‘Rolldowns’ will see the jackpot shared across all of the winning cash prize tiers if no one matches all 6 main numbers in a must-be-won draw.

There will be no change to the way people play Lotto – the price will stay at £2 per line and players will still pick 6 numbers from 59, so the odds will not change.

This is because sales of the old £1, ‘6 from 49’ Lotto game had been falling for a long time and so had the amount of money it was raising for Good Causes. Given that Camelot’s overarching objective is to maximise returns to Good Causes, going back to a game that was in long-term decline was not a viable option.

The prize payout on Lotto will increase slightly and the prize money from the raffle – which currently comprises 1 x £1 million prize and 20 x £20,000 prizes in every draw – will now go into the main Lotto draw, resulting in bigger, fixed* cash prizes (apart from the jackpot):


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5+Bonus Ball

£50,000 (estimated)

£1 million (fixed)

£1.2m (estimated)

5 main numbers

£1,000 (estimated)

£1,750 (fixed)

£10,500 (estimated)

4 main numbers

£100 (estimated)

£140 (fixed)

£50 (estimated)

3 main numbers

£25 (fixed)

£30 (fixed)

£100 (estimated)

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*Match 3 to Match 5+Bonus Ball prizes are fixed, subject to capping in very rare circumstances. More details around prize capping will be included in the new Lotto Game Procedures.

**When no one matches all 6 main numbers on a must-be-won draw, each winning cash prize tier will be allocated a set percentage of the jackpot.


In addition, once the Lotto jackpot rolls over five times, there will be a must-be-won draw on the sixth consecutive draw (this compares to around 10 rolls currently before it must be won). And millions more players will benefit if no one matches all 6 main numbers in a must-be-won draw because the jackpot will no longer go to a single prize tier (e.g. Match 5+Bonus).


Instead, there will be a ‘Rolldown’ which will see the jackpot shared across all of the winning cash prize tiers (Match 5+Bonus, Match 5, Match 4 and Match 3), boosting each individual prize amount in the process. For example, the usual 100,000 Match 3 winners in a typical draw could see their prizes boosted from £30 to around £100 in a Rolldown situation, and the thousands of Match 4 winners could each scoop around £500 (up from a fixed prize of £140).

Camelot’s retail partners, who continue to be vital to the long-term health of The National Lottery, are also set to benefit from the changes. In line with the company’s ongoing £20 million investment in retail, National Lottery retailers across the UK will, for the first time, receive sales commission when a player claims a Match 2 free Lotto Lucky Dip prize in their store – resulting in an average annual commission boost of around £5 million.

EuroMillions (Early 2019):

With jackpots starting at £15 million and the potential to roll to a massive £168 million (€190 million), EuroMillions is The National Lottery’s giant jackpot game. Sales of the game – and therefore the amount of money it raises for Good Causes – are driven by the big, rolling jackpots, as well as special draws in which multiple guaranteed £1 million UK winners are created (for example, 13 UK millionaires on Friday the 13th). These special draws build huge levels of player excitement and typically generate over 60% more in sales when compared with an equivalent draw, so are great from a Good Causes perspective.

From 2019, Camelot will run more of these special draws – and they will be bigger and better. For example, instead of 10 guaranteed UK millionaires created in a special draw, 30 guaranteed UK millionaires might be created. To help fund these bigger, more frequent special draws, Camelot will guarantee one UK millionaire in every draw instead of two. This change will come into effect early in the New Year and the prizes on the main game will remain exactly the same.

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Offering a steady stream of guaranteed UK millionaires – two every week – as well as more frequent special draws will not only drive player participation; by reducing the prize payout slightly on EuroMillions, Camelot is also able to deliver even more money for Good Causes. The new format will kick off with a special 40 UK millionaires draw in the spring of 2019, with further big events to follow over the summer.

Annuity game (Spring 2019):

Subject to approval from its regulator, Camelot is currently finalising details for a brand new annuity game, which is expected to launch in the spring of 2019 and which will offer a regular, fixed amount of money for a set number of years.

As part of its extensive research, Camelot has been closely examining what is done in other countries where this type of game is hugely popular. Annuity games appeal to people who dream of lifelong financial security, rather than just big, one-off jackpots – so this will be an entirely new proposition to round off The National Lottery portfolio.

As the game isn’t due to launch until next year, the prizes on offer or the cost of play have not yet been finalised – but the early indication is that the top prize will be thousands of pounds every month for at least 25 years. Camelot will provide an update as soon as possible – and in line with the normal processes in the lead-up to the launch of a new game.

For further information, please CONTACT: Camelot Press Office: 020 7632 5711.

SOURCE: Camelot UK Lotteries Limited press release.



Veikkaus’ New Executive Team Appointed

Finland (August 31, 2018) -- Veikkaus’ Board of Directors has appointed a new Executive Team for the company this week. At the same time, Veikkaus’ organization is also being revised.

By revising our organization, we are preparing, for our part, for the changes in our operating environment, for the rapidly increasing international competition, and for success in digital business,” says Veikkaus’ President and CEO Olli Sarekoski.

The organizational change will not lead into personnel reductions, and the changes have been discussed with personnel representatives.

The new Executive Team that will start its operations on 1 September has seven members in addition to President and CEO Olli Sarekoski. The members of the new Executive Team are:

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  • Executive Vice President Velipekka Nummikoski, in charge of communications, community and beneficiary relations, sponsorship.
  • Chief Operating Officer Nora Vähävirta, in charge of accountable business units (casino games, lucky games and betting), products, product development, marketing, brand, customer loyalty and digital channel sales and development.
  • Senior Vice President, ICT and Sales Ari Aarnihuhta, in charge of retailer sales, ICT systems, customer management, corporate social responsibility, business intelligence, finance and procurements.
  • Senior Vice President, Business Operations Timo Kiiskinen, in charge of new business operations, the game studio, equipment and release platforms, networks and ecosystems.
  • Senior Vice President, Channels and Sales Jari Heino, in charge of Pelaamo arcades and restaurant game tables, casinos, Feel Vegas arcades and race tracks, POS services, and logistics.
  • Senior Vice President, HR Heli Lallukka, in charge of HR, HRD, Corporate Planning & Premises.
  • Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and Governance Pekka Ilmivalta, in charge of legal affairs, governance, compliance, production and infra services, corporate security.


Jari Heino starts as a new member of the Executive Team, switching to Veikkaus from the position of European Distribution Director at Canon on 1 October 2018, and Heli Lallukka, who joined Veikkaus in June, switching from the position of Country HR Operations Manager at IKEA.

For further information please contact: Executive Vice President Velipekka Nummikoski, contacts via the media service, tel. +358 9 4370 7000.

SOURCE: Veikkaus press release.


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Global Lottery Monitoring System and the Gambling Commission of Great Britain formalise their partnership

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (August 30, 2018) --  The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) and the Gambling Commission of Great Britain (the Commission) share a commitment to protect the integrity of sports and sports betting. This agreement formalises the informal partnership that has been in place for some time. Under the agreement, GLMS and the Commission will exchange information on suspicious betting to help safeguard the interests of British consumers.


The Commission leads Britain’s national platform, as per article 13 of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions. They also play an active role within the Group of Copenhagen (GoC), the network set up by the Council of Europe, bringing together the national platforms of several Member States. Working together with a number of regulatory authorities and national platforms – as well as the GoC – GLMS is looking forward to supporting the Commission and notably its Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU) in its role in gathering intelligence related to potentially corrupt betting activities.

GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi states: “We are very excited to formalise our partnership with one of the most responsible and active regulatory authorities in the world. The Gambling Commission of Great Britain has played a significant role in recent years in the fight against sport competitions manipulations in Britain and beyond and we always valued their pioneering attitude and investigative approach. I am convinced that this partnership will further enhance our mutual efforts to address the phenomenon of sport competition manipulations globally and effectively."

Richard Watson, Executive Director of Enforcement and Intelligence of the Gambling Commission adds “We are pleased to be signing this MOU. GLMS have shown they have considerable experience in monitoring betting data and access to information from Lotteries all over the world. This will help continue to build our sources of information to tackle the issue of betting integrity and prevent match fixing.”



•  Giancarlo Sergi, GLMS General Secretary:

•  Evangelos Alexandrakis, GLMS Deputy General Secretary,


About GLMS

GLMS is the state lotteries’ mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a sport competition. Building on six years of experience with the establishment in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015 extending the network to other continents. GLMS facilitates the sharing of sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated to effective cooperation with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports organizations.

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GLMS currently has 31 individual Members from 4 continents (Österreichische Lotterien - Austria,  Loterie Nationale – Belgium, Hrvatska Lutrija – Croatia,  Danske Spil – Denmark, Veikkaus – Finland, La Française Des Jeux – France,  Staatliche Loterieverwaltung in Bayern – Germany, Opap SA – Greece,  Szerencsejatek – Hungary, Islenk Getspa – Iceland,  Israel Sports Betting Board  - Israel, Lottomatica – Italy, Sisal – Italy,   Maltco Lotteries Ltd – Malta, Norsk Tipping – Norway,  Santa Casa De Misericordia da Lisboa – Portugal,   STOLOTO – Russia, Sportna Loterija – Slovenia,  Svenska Spel – Sweden,   Loterie Romande – Switzerland, Swisslos – Switzerland,  Nederlandse Loterij, the Netherlands,  Hong Kong Jockey Club – Hong Kong, Singapore Pools – Singapore,  Ktoto Co – South Korea, China Sports Lottery – China, Loto-Québec- Canada,  Polla Chilena de Beneficencia – Chile, Banca de Quinielas de Montevideo – Uruguay, La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, Morocco,  Loterie Nationale du Sénégal – Senegal) and 2 collective Members (European Lotteries Association and World Lottery Association)

About the Gambling Commission and the Sports Betting Intelligence Unit

Considering the provisions of the Gambling Act (2005) the  Gambling Commission of Great Britain regulates gambling in Great Britain, apart from spread betting.  It does so in the public interest and through its statutory licensing objectives to:

a. Prevent gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime and disorder or being used to support crime;

b. Ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way; and

c. Protect children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.


The Commissions Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU) collects information and develops intelligence about potentially corrupt betting activity involving sport. Members of the SBIU receive information from a number of sources which includes (but is not limited to) alerts from operators about suspicious activity on betting markets, concerns from sports governing bodies or information captured through its confidential intelligence line.

The intelligence gathered by the SBIU informs the Commission’s decision making process. The SBIU will share, where appropriate, specific intelligence or information with other partners (for example, betting operators, sports governing bodies, overseas regulators, and so on) both nationally and internationally.

SOURCE: Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS).



Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) 2018 Wrap-Up

SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (September 3, 2018) -- We’d like to extend a huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who made Australasian Gaming Expo another stand-out event!

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We were thrilled with the quality of Exhibitors, the enthusiasm of the Visitors and the supreme professionalism of our host venue, ICC Sydney.

AGE 2018 set the scene for industry discussions relating to technology, regulation, marketing and much more during our 3-day seminar program.

Thank you to all who took part and attended our seminar sessions this year.

What a show!

It was a delight to see our seminar programs, featuring distinguished local and international industry experts, draw large audiences across the three days.

AGE presented the hot topics and trends shaping some wonderful, productive discussions and collaborations among panellists and attendees.

Thank you to our speakers and visitors for sharing their knowledge and time.


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Winners of the Best Stand Awards for 2018


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Our show floor was abuzz from the moment AGE launched; thank you to our valued exhibitors who make such a wonderful contribution in their presence at the Expo.

Hennessy Handcrafted Coffee and Hostplus took home the coveted crowns of Best Stand and best Shell Scheme Stand at this year’s Expo – did you see their incredible work on the floor?

Don’t miss both stands at AGE 2019 to see if they can top this year’s efforts.


These lucky visitors are off to Vegas!

We delight in awarding three lucky AGE visitors a free trip to Las Vegas to visit the Global Gaming Expo. Announced each day on the show floor, these attendees were set grinning for the rest of the week!


Mrs Jennifer Smith Mr Christopher Whiteley
Mrs Jennifer Smith,
Warragul RSL Club, Victoria
Mr Christopher Whiteley,
Windsor RSL Club, New South Wales


Also a winner: Miss Georgina Connell, Watsonia RSL Club, Victoria.


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Bring on next year! We are already making plans and finalising the show floor map, ready for our milestone 30th anniversary of AGE in 2019!


Add 13-15 August 2019 into your calendar now and stay tuned for exhibitor and sponsor details coming soon!


Excellent event for industry networking and reviewing gaming products and innovations. A must do for all gaming executives

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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


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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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