Lottery Offers to Pay Taxes on New Scratch-Off
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (April 30,
2019) -- Everyone dislikes paying taxes even when they win a lottery
prize. So today the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL) is launching four new
scratch-off tickets that will solve that issue for top-prize winners.
When a player wins the top prize on
any of the Taxes Paid tickets, he will be paid the entire
The lottery is actually increasing
the amount of the prize and then paying the taxes so the winner collects the
entire prize amount printed on the ticket. Normally the lottery deducts 24
percent for federal taxes and 7 percent for state taxes before awarding the
The four tickets include a $10
ticket with a top prize of $200,000; a $5 ticket with a top prize of $100,000;
a $2 ticket with a top prize of $20,000, and a $1 ticket with a top prize of
Winners will be very
pleased to walk away with the entire amount of the top prize, said
Bishop Woosley, ASL director.
With taxes taken out, the
amount paid on a $200,000 prize would normally be $138,000. However, in order
to pay top-prize winners the entire amount, we have put $289,855 into the $10
ticket top prize to cover the taxes.
With the income tax
deadline just a few weeks ago, people who win the top prizes on these instant
tickets will be thrilled not to have more taxes!
All non-winning Taxes Paid tickets
are eligible to enter in the lotterys Spring Cash Giveaway through May 31
when the promotion ends.
The third and final drawing in the
promotion will be June 4 when 100 players will win $500 in cash, 50 winners
will win $200 each and 40 people will take home $100 in cash. For details on
the promotion, go to MyArkansasLottery.com and click on The
Woosley said he wants to remind
players that the lottery is designed as entertainment and should be played
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 $245 million in retailer commissions and more than
$124 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: The Arkansas
INTRALOT Announces Group Restructuring
ATHENS, Greece (May 3, 2019) --
INTRALOT announces that, as part of the Group restructuring, the Operations,
Technology, Digital, and Commercial Divisions are reorganized with executives
from the experienced talent pool of the company, reporting to the Group Deputy
CEO Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos as following:
- Sales & Operations Division with Mrs. Maria
Stergiou as Chief Sales & Operations Officer, responsible for the Group
operational subsidiaries, the supervision of projects worldwide and Business
Development, Bidding, and Sales.
- Services & Delivery Division with Mr. Christos
Dimitriadis as Chief Services and Delivery Officer, responsible for the
integrated solution delivery and technical support of projects worldwide.
- Lotteries Division with Mr. Fotis Konstantellos as
Chief Lotteries Officer, responsible for the product and technical development
and evolution of the LOTOS platform and the terminals of the lottery
- Digital and Sports Betting Division with Mr.
Nicklas Zajdel as Chief Digital and Sports Betting Officer, responsible for the
product and technical development and evolution of the INTRALOT Orion platform,
the Trading Operations, and Digital products and services.
Mr. Argyrios Diamantis, to-date
Group Chief Technology Officer, will assume the role of Senior Advisor to the
Group Management for New Technologies and Innovation.
The new structure reflects the
company strategy for cost and operational optimization, faster and more
efficient project delivery, and the leveraging of new INTRALOT products for
digital transformation through vertical product units.
INTRALOT, a public listed company
established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active
in 47 regulated jurisdictions around the globe.
With 0.9 billion turnover and
a global workforce of approximately 5,200 employees (3,000 of which in HQ and
subsidiaries and 2,200 in associates) in 2018, INTRALOT is an innovation
driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer
The company is uniquely positioned
to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested
solutions and retail operational expertise.
The company has designed a new
ecosystem of holistic omni-channel solutions across verticals (Lottery,
Betting, Interactive, VLT) for Lotteries digital transformation.
INTRALOT has been awarded the
prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery
Association (WLA) and the WLA certificate for the Security Control
For more information please CONTACT:
Ms. Spyranda Anamouroglou, Corporate Communications Manager, Phone: +30-210
6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email:
SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).
Marilyn Monroe Makes Her Debut in
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (May 1, 2019) --
Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote),
congratulates the Idaho Lottery on the recent performance of its $5 Marilyn
Monroe Scratch Game. The game launched in early January and was supported
by a robust advertising campaign, which contributed to the tickets
impressive success. Based on the first six weeks of sales, this was the
Lotterys second best-selling $5, non-extended play game since 2016.
The Marilyn Monroe ticket was
offered in two glamorous Valentines Day-inspired designs featuring the
Hollywood legend. Both iconic images were enhanced with Pollard Banknotes
Glitter FX print innovation, giving the tickets a premium sheen. The
iconic and instantly recognizable Marilyn Monroe appealed to nostalgic
players and non-players alikeas well as the two top prizes of $50,000.
To capture the Valentines Day
theme, heart-shaped game play symbols feature prominently in the design.
Players scratched the hearts to reveal thematic symbolsif they revealed a
diamond they won the corresponding prize, if they revealed a kiss symbol they
received an instant $20 win, or if they revealed a Marilyn Monroe symbol
they won all 20 prizes shown on the ticket.
Every great star needs a supporting
cast, and the Idaho Lottery delivered, supporting the ticket with a
comprehensive marketing campaign including an array of retailer point-of-sale
materials, internet and radio advertisements, billboard advertising, and a
humorous TV spot featuring the Idaho Lottery spokesperson singing and dancing
with a cardboard cut-out of Marilyn on stage.
We were excited to bring
Marilyn Monroe to market in Idaho, said Brad Thompson, Vice
President, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. The aspirational
and glamorous attributes that Marilyn represents were a great success for the
Lotterys Valentines Day game.
The Marilyn Monroe
brand was an instant hit with our players, said Jeff Anderson, Idaho
Lottery Director. The brand strength lent itself to rich promotional
support, helping sales which ultimately benefit Idaho public schools and
Pollard Banknotes portfolio of
licensed games includes a broad range of legacy and retro brands that offer
lotteries an exciting and instantly recognizable way to engage players. The
Licensed Products team offers a comprehensive turnkey program that includes the
design, programming, and printing of themed tickets, as well as additional
value-added options including second chance draws, a POS program, and broadcast
and digital marketing.
The Idaho Lottery responsibly
provides entertaining games with a high degree of integrity to maximze proceeds
for education in Idaho. Since its inception in 1989, the Lottery has returned
more than $846 million to the States Public School Building Account and
the Permanent Building Fund. For more information, please visit
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:
CONTACT: Brad Thompson, Vice
President, Sales & Marketing, Telephone: (204) 474-2323, E-mail:
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.
Moor, Chief Marketing Officer at Santander, Named as Chief Marketing Officer at
New Role Will Help
Camelot Continue to Move Towards Making the National Lottery More
U.K. (May 1, 2019) -- Camelot UK
Lotteries Limited (Camelot), operator of the UK National Lottery,
today named Keith Moor as its Chief Marketing Officer.
Starting in September 2019, Keith
will report directly into Camelots CEO, Nigel Railton, and will have a
broad remit across all areas of The National Lotterys marketing and
player communications including responsibility for the companys
relationship with Adam&Eve/DDB, its retained agency.
Keith has spent the last 24 years at
Santander, and is currently its Chief Marketing Officer and a member of its UK
He joined Santander in 1995 as Group
Marketing Manager and worked his way up through the company, holding numerous
positions including Head of Marketing Communications; Head of
Communication Planning, Evaluation and Sponsorship; and Director, Brand and
In his time at Santander, Keith
established and executed a strategy to move to a more purpose-led business
which helped to drive cultural change, improved customer satisfaction
and produced a clearer vision for the company.
He also led the transformation of
the companys marketing function to be better equipped for the digital age
and launched the Santander brand into the UK market with two award-winning
Camelots CEO, Nigel Railton,
commented: Keith is joining Camelot at a pivotal time as we
celebrate the 25th year of The National Lottery.
Its also an important time for
our marketing function specifically, as we strive to continue to better connect
The National Lotterys purpose with play to raise even more money
for Good Causes.
Weve made some good
progress for example, with the launch of our Amazing Starts
Here brand strategy and our return to primetime Saturday night TV
and were looking forward to seeing how we can further build on this, with
someone of Keiths calibre leading the team.
Keith Moor said: Im
delighted to be joining Camelot and am honoured that I will be playing a key
role in looking after The National Lottery brand which is so well-known
and does so much for Good Causes across the UK.
It sounds like the team have been
doing a fantastic job of moving to a more brand-led approach and trying new
things and I cant wait to get stuck in.
For further information, please
CONTACT: Camelot Press Office: 020 7632 5711.
SOURCE: Camelot Group (www.camelotgroup.co.uk).
Wisconsin Kicks Off Participation in First POWERBALL
Millionaire of the Year
Limited time offer for chance to win
a trip to New York City and $1 million on New Years Eve begins today
MADISON, Wisconsin (May 1, 2019) --
The Wisconsin Lottery launched a limited-time off er today for a chance to win
a trip to celebrate New Years Eve in Times Square in New York City along
with a chance to win an additional $1 million.
POWERBALL tickets purchased between
May 1 and 8:59 p.m. on May 25 may count toward entry into The New Years
Rockin Eve VIP Experience.
This is a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Wisconsin POWERBALL players to be part of
the worlds most famous New Years Eve celebration, plus have a
chance to become the fi rst millionaire of 2020, said Wisconsin
Lottery Director Cindy Polzin.
Wisconsin is proud to be
represented in a very unique VIP experience that allows players exclusive
access to many of the Big Apples most famous activities. After winning
2019s largest jackpot to date, seeing WINsconsin lay claim to the fi rst
million-dollar prize of the 2020 would be a great way to start the
Wisconsin will send three winners
and their guests to New York City this New Years Eve to attend an
exclusive POWERBALL party in Times Square.
Each trip prize winner will also be
eligible to win an additional $1 million. To enter:
- Collect any one Wisconsin Lottery POWERBALL ticket
(with or without Power Play) purchased between May 1 and 8:59 p.m. on May
- On the ticket back, place full name, address, phone
number, and signature. Each entry must clearly state one persons name and
- Place the ticket in an envelope no larger than 4
½ x 9 ½, affix sufficient postage, and mail to:
PO BOX 8919
MADISON, WI 53708
The first POWERBALL Millionaire of
the Year campaigns are set to occur in 24 participating jurisdictions. Entry
dates and requirements vary by participating lottery.
More than 300 winners from those
jurisdictions will head to New York City to enjoy experiences, including a
performance at Radio City Music Hall and holiday cruise on the Hudson River
with dinner and entertainment.
The experience also includes
round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and an exclusive New Years Eve
gala at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, featuring live entertainment and prime viewing
of the Times Square ball drop.
One lucky trip winner will be
randomly drawn to win $1 million.
Additional information about the
POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year is available on the Wisconsin Lottery website
ABOUT THE WISCONSIN
The Wisconsin Lottery enriches
communities statewide by giving back 93 percent of its revenue to winners,
retailers, and Wisconsin homeowners.
Of each dollar spent on the
Wisconsin Lottery, 57 cents goes back to prizes, 30 cents to property tax
credits, seven cents to operations and six cents to retailers.
Since 1988, the Wisconsin Lottery
- More than $14.5 billion in total revenue;
- Over $8.2 billion in prizes paid; and
- More than $4.3 billion in funding for property tax
credits to eligible Wisconsin homeowners.
For more about the Wisconsin
Lottery, visit wilottery.com. The Wisconsin Lottery is on social media via
Facebook and YouTube (/wilottery) and Twitter and Instagram (@wilottery).
SOURCE: The Wisconsin Lottery.
Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Hails
Passage of Assembly Bill 221 that Expands Nevadas Gaming Technology
CARSON CITY, Nev. (May 2, 2019)
The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced today
the passage by the Nevada Legislature of Assembly Bill 221 that expands the
states technology and manufacturing workforce by giving those 18 to 20
years legal status as a gaming employee working for slot machine,
systems, table game and component suppliers.
Previously, Nevada statute
prohibited any person under 21 from being employed as a gaming
employee except as a member of a casino count room staff. The passage of
AB221 retains the count room exception for casino operations, and otherwise
applies only to the technology supplier sector, which previously couldnt
even offer internships to those under 21.
Nevada serves as the manufacturing
epicenter for global gaming equipment, both hardware and software, exported to
every regulated gaming market in the world. Further, AGEM members are
responsible for manufacturing every gaming machine in Nevada, and leading
providers include International Game Technology (IGT), Scientific Games,
Aristocrat Technologies, Konami Gaming, Everi, Ainsworth Game Technology, AGS
and others (full list of AGEM members below).
We are keenly interested in
workforce development and employment opportunities within the state and
Assembly Bill 221 will take us all in a positive direction, said Marcus
Prater, Executive Director of AGEM. The gaming suppliers are further
interested in hiring those in the 18-20 age group in a variety of company
department categories, as well as being able to offer internships to college
students. The opportunities could run the gamut from visionary young adult game
designers to graduates from our states technical schools to math wizards
who are all seeking a unique career path previously unavailable to
Expected to be signed by Gov. Steve
Sisolak, AB221 was originally introduced by Assembly Judiciary Chairman Steve
Yeager and garnered the formal support of the Nevada System of Higher
Education, the College of Southern Nevada, the Washoe County School District,
Clark County School District and the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.
The gaming technology sector
continues to grow, according to an in-depth economic impact analysis by the
respected Nevada firm Applied Analysis that was released this month, revealing
that supplier companies either headquartered in Nevada or have some operations
here account for $11.7 billion in direct revenue annually and directly employ
nearly 29,000 people across all of their operations.
A significant portion of supplier
employees are highly educated engineers, software designers, creative
development specialists, hardware and sub-assembly experts, game designers,
graphic artists, animators, and marketing and financial staff. The average
annual salary among AGEM-member companies is $91,240, well above the national
average equivalent of $51,960 for the private sector. When considering the
ripple effect of the industry, those with operations in Nevada are
responsible for approximately $31.5 billion in total global economic activity
AGEM is a non-profit international
trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of electronic gaming
devices, lotteries, systems, table games, online technology, sports betting,
key components and support products and services for the gaming industry. AGEM
works to further the interests of gaming equipment suppliers throughout the
world. Through political action, regulatory influence, trade show partnerships,
educational alliances, information dissemination and good corporate
citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every
company within the organization. Together, AGEM has assisted regulatory
agencies and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and
create a business environment where AGEM members can prosper while providing a
strong level of support to education and responsible gaming initiatives.
For more information, visit
The current AGEM membership roster,
170 companies strong based in 22 countries, is a whos who of the supplier
segment of the global gaming industry.
CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez,
Steinbeck Communications/Red Wagon Institute, T: +1-702-413-4278, E:
SOURCE: Association of Gaming
Addressing Africas Imminent Regulatory and Fiscal Needs
in an Exceptional Way!
REPORT: Legal and Fiscal
Seminar, An ALA/WLA event, Hosted by LONACI
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Africa
(April 25-23, 2019)
BASEL, Switzerland (April 30, 2019)
-- From April 2325, 2019 a legal and fiscal seminar organized by the
African Lottery Association (ALA), with the support of WLA, took place in
Abidjan, Ivory Coast. LONACI (Loterie National du Côte DIvoire)
graciously hosted the seminar, and went to great effort to ensure the success
of the event.
ALA President, Mr. Amadou Samba
Kane, Chief Executive Officer of LO.NA.SE (Loterie Nationale
Sénégalaise) opened the seminar, welcoming the more than 100
participants from 14 different African nations, France, and Belgium. Mr.
Dramane Coulibaly, Chief Executive Officer of host lottery LONACI extended a
further warm welcome to the participants.
Following the welcome ceremonies,
Philippe Vlaemminck, European Lawyer and renowned expert on gaming regulations,
took over the moderation of the two-day seminar. Day one of the seminar
centered around regulation best practices. Vlaemminck began with a presentation
entitled, A modern framework to regulate the lottery and gaming
market. In this presentation Vlaemminck posited that the starting point
of any good legislative framework is the implementation of total prohibition
with explicit exceptions.
He warned of the potential risks
posed by aggressive online-gaming lobbyists, who guarantee high returns to the
government, a promise they can never keep. Vlaemminck also underlined the need
to fight illegal gaming operators, including the secondary lotteries, which in
many cases violate the sovereignty of the nations in which they operate.
The second presentation entitled
"Regulator challenge: fund a lottery" was made be South African lawyer, Dawid
Muller. Muller warned of the difficulties of financing a lottery concession, if
when following a public bidding, no clarity is provided for the operational
Philippe Vlaemminck returned for
another two presentations, which covered the impact of competition law. Using
anonymous case studies, Vlaemminck showed the risks that lotteries can incur
when facing an open market.
Florence Gras, General Delegate of
the European Pari Mutuel Association (EPMA), followed with an overview of the
horse race betting sector, and emphasised the need to preserve the integrity of
Rounding out the morning session,
Philippe Vlaemminck returned speaking about the possibilities and complexities
of coordinated multi-jurisdictional games.
During the afternoon session, four
case studies were presented on the regulation of lotteries and games of chance.
The first presentation was made by Peter Naessens, acting General Director of
the Belgian Gaming Commission. Naessens spoke on the need for the strict
regulation of online gambling and ways to enforce laws against illegal
operators. Next followed Souphiane Sankhon, Director of Operation for LONAGUI
(Loterie Nationale de Guinée) speaking on the complex structure in
Guinea where LONAGUI operates not as a lottery, but rather as regulator
overseeing various operators. Dawid Muller then returned speaking on the
tensions between the central South African government and its provinces on the
licensing of secondary lotteries. The final presentation of the session was
made by Roger B. Abim-Karmon, Chief Policy Advisor to the General Director of
the National Lottery of Liberia, Martin S. Kollie. Abim-Karmon gave an
informative presentation on the lottery landscape in Liberia.
The second day of the seminar was
reserved for a debate on African taxation models and issues, including
questions on VAT, exemptions, and corporate and gaming tax. The morning started
with a excellent presentation by Mohamed Lahlou, Chief Financial Officer of
(La Marocaine des Jeux et des
Sports). Lahlou pointed out the most important tax issues that need to be
From LONAB (Loterie Nationale
Burkinabé) Mr. DA Badé Laurent, Inspector of the General
Directorate of Treasury of Public Accounting of Burkina Faso, provided a
further overview of the complexity of tax matters that affect the lottery in
his country. Mr. Pacôme Mondon, of Mondon Conseil International, followed
providing an overview of tax issues in the Ivory Coast. Among other items, he
discussed VAT and whether a lottery tickets should be considered as goods or as
a service. In response moderator Vlaemminck referred to the 1994 Schindler case
before the European Court of Justice who ruled that a lottery ticket was a
service of a particular nature.
He also mentioned the problem of
state aid when it comes to exemptions, a matter that is of equal concern in the
two African economic communities, UEMOA and COMESA. Mr. Raphaël Jean-Louis
Nougbode, Director of Audit and Internal control for LNB (Loterie Nationale du
Bénin) gave a presentation on the legal structure in Benin and how it
affects the lottery.
Concluding the discussion, Mr. El
Hadji Ibrahim Diop, independent expert and former director of legislation of
the Senegalese Tax Department, extensively outlined the various tax issues that
should be seriously considered and the need for comprehensive governance.
The session was closed with another
in-depth question and answer session. Both ALA President, Mr. Amadou Samba
Kane, and Driss Hamdoune Secretary-General of MDJS who represented ALA
Secretary General, Younes EL Mechrafi emphasized the need of ALA set up
a committee on legal and fiscal matters.
Moderator Philippe Vlaemminck closed
the seminar by summing up the main issues that were addressed over the two
days, expressing his optimism for the future of the African lotteries and the
support that ALA provides them.
He called the seminar
memorable experience owing to its excellent organization, its
strong content, and the very active participation of the large audience.
Many thanks to go out to the LONACI
and ALA teams for their tremendous work and organization of this this highly
SOURCE: World Lottery Association
Bayern Remains Premium Partner for BMW Open
MUNICH, Germany (April 27, 2019) --
"As a premium partner, LOTTO Bayern will once again be in the game for the next
two years when it comes to presenting world-class tennis in Bavaria to a broad
With regard to the great popularity
of the BMW Open, there are suitable intersections for the image of LOTTO
As a traditional sponsor of the
sport, LOTTO Bavaria fits in well with the most important tennis tournament of
the year on Bavarian soil, "said Minister of Finance and Home Affairs Albert
Füracker on the occasion of the signing of the contract by Josef
Müller, Vice President of LOTTO Bay-ern, and MTTC Iphitos am Saturday
In Munich with. LOTTO Bavaria has
been a premium partner of this traditional tournament since 2001.
The state gambling provider was
again this year style with the draw of the main round by LOTTO drawing device
the prelude to the subsequent qualifying matches.
From April 27 to May 05, 2019,
visitors to the BMW Open can expect the finest tennis, paired with good
entertainment in a family atmosphere and a fine culinary offer.
"LOTTO Bayern, as a state-owned
gambling operator and operator of the nine Bavarian casinos, has paid around
410 million euros in lottery tax and profit transfer to the Bavarian state
budget in 2018.
These funds allow a variety of
additional benefits for the citizens of Bavaria, "emphasized Füracker. The
game participants, who won more than 582 million euros in Bavaria alone last
year, also benefited. Among them were 24 new millionaires.
SOURCE: Lotto Bayern.
Gambling Commission Launch New National Strategy to Reduce
BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (April 25, 2019) --
The Gambling Commission has today (25 April) launched the new National Strategy
to Reduce Gambling Harms, a three-year strategy which will drive and coordinate
work to bring a lasting impact on reducing gambling harms.
For the first time health bodies,
charities, regulators and businesses will come together in partnership to
effectively tackle the issue with the Commission calling for action and
combined efforts to deliver two strategic priority areas:
- Prevention and Education making significant
progress towards a clear public health prevention plan which includes the right
mix of interventions.
- Treatment and Support delivering truly
national treatment and support options that meet the needs of users.
As part of the new strategy, the
Commission will continue to take a firm regulatory enforcement approach whilst
also further improving gambling harms research and evaluation so that there is
widespread adoption of what works. The Commission will also explore the
establishment of a new National Research Centre and work is being undertaken to
build a National Data Repository for research purposes.
William Moyes, chairman of the
Gambling Commission, said: This new strategy will provide us and our
partners the opportunity to make faster progress to reduce gambling harms.
It will not just benefit the health
and wellbeing of those directly affected and in need of support, but also those
such as friends, families, communities and wider society.
The success of this strategy
relies on everyone working together to reduce gambling harms through prevention
and education, and treatment and support.
Everyone has a role to play to
combat gambling harms and Im delighted that the health sector, charities
and businesses are showing their commitment to get behind the strategy and make
it a success.
We all need to better
understand the harms that can be caused by gambling, moving away from simply
counting problem gamblers and instead build a greater understanding of the
harms experienced. Over the lifetime of the strategy we will better understand
the full range of harms and how to protect against them.
Minister for Sport and Civil Society
Mims Davies, said: Protecting people from harm should be at the heart of
every gambling business. Addiction can ruin lives and it is vital that those
who need help are given the right treatment at the right time.
The Gambling Commissions
strategy reflects our clear expectation that the whole sector must come
together to reduce problem gambling and the harm it does to people and their
families. Through increased research, education and treatment I want to see
faster progress made in tackling this issue.
Claire Murdoch, national director
for mental health at NHS England, said: There is increasing evidence of a
link between problem gambling and stress, depression and other mental health
issues and this is an important step in the battle to reduce the harm
The NHS is playing its part
with the Long Term Plan committing to an increase in mental health services for
patients with a gambling problem but gambling addiction is not just the
NHSs problem it is an issue for the whole of society affecting
people of all ages and backgrounds which is why it is everyones
responsibility to act.
That is why the NHS looks forward to
working closely with our partners to protect vulnerable people and ensure they
have the right support."
Public Health England will also be
conducting the first ever review of evidence on the public health harms in
England relating to gambling. The review will look at the range and scale of
gambling harms and identify the impact of gambling on peoples health and
Rosanna OConnor, Director of
Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco and Justice at Public Health England, added: PHE
welcomes the Strategys commitment to taking a public health approach to
gambling related harms.
There is an urgent need to
develop a better understanding of these harms and how best to respond to them
and PHE has been commissioned by Government to undertake a comprehensive
independent evidence review on the public health harms of gambling.
In addition, the National
Institute for Health Research has commissioned a complementary review of the
effectiveness of policies and interventions for reducing gambling-related harm,
which will form part of PHEs report. Our full evidence review is expected
in spring next year.
To support the new strategy, a new
website has been launched where all information on the strategys
priorities can be accessed and progress can be tracked. It is available through
Ahead of the new strategy launch,
last month the Gambling Commission also announced that its independent
advisors, the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB), had been renamed as
the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG) as part of a renewed focus on the
safety of consumers and prevention of harm.
SOURCE: Gambling Commission.
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)
Expands Partnership with Sportradar Integrity Services
PARIS, France (April 26, 2019) --
The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) the
world governing body for motor sport that promotes safe, sustainable and
accessible mobility for road users across the world - has extended its
multiyear partnership agreement with Sportradar Integrity Services the
worlds leading supplier of sports integrity solutions to monitor
and safeguard the integrity of its championships, including the prestigious FIA
Formula One World Championship.
Under the agreement, FIA
competitions will continue to be monitored by Sportradars Fraud Detection
System (FDS), which has been independently assessed and verified by recognised
experts in the field of sports betting and integrity.
As part of the renewal, FIA will
also utilise Sportradars Education and Prevention Services to help
further safeguard their competitions. Sportradar will conduct integrity
workshops to educate participants on potential integrity threats and how they
can promote correct and ethical behaviours within the sport. In addition, FIA
and Sportradar are also set to launch a dedicated e-learning tool and
associated webpage platform.
Speaking about the partnership, FIA
Head of Governance, Integrity and Regulatory Affairs, Pierre Ketterer said:
"Safeguarding the integrity of motor sport worldwide is of paramount
importance. By utilising Sportradars monitoring solutions, we continue to
have oversight of any threats to our competitions. With the addition of their
Education and Prevention Services too, our efforts within this space are
further strengthened. Through the tailored education workshops, our
participants will learn about the risk factors to be aware of and best
practices to follow. By adopting this multi-faceted approach to integrity, we
are confident that our competitions will continue to be run with ethical values
at the forefront.
Sportradar Integrity Services
Managing Director Andreas Krannich added: We are honoured to be working
alongside FIA. As the global leader in sporting integrity, we make it our top
priority to support our partners and help establish an effective framework to
help minimise integrity related issues. Our team will focus on safeguarding FIA
competitions against integrity related threats through education, and will be
driven by our market-leading FDS solution on race days. We look forward to
working more closely with FIA in the years to come and continuing to play a
part in upholding the integrity of some of the worlds best-loved motor
SOURCE: The Fédération
Internationale de l'Automobile.