The Georgia Lottery Had Another Record Year of Profits in Fiscal Year
2019, Gross Tickets Sales Increased by $178.2 million, or 3.9 % as Compared to
ATLANTA, Georgia (December 30, 2019)
According to local media reports the Georgia Lottery's Mega Millions
ticket sales soared 58% in 2019, driven by huge jackpots.
During the state's 2019 fiscal year,
which ended June 30, the Georgia Lottery's Mega-Millions sales increased $73.5
million or approximately 58.6% to $199.1 million, compared to $125.6 million in
fiscal year 2018, according to the Georgia Lottery's new annual audit report
released Dec. 27.
"The size and frequency of
jackpots are the primary drivers for Mega Millions sales," the report
notes. "...The Mega Millions jackpot exceeded $400 million on three
occasions during the year, reaching a high value of $1.537 billion in October
2018, $522 million in June 2019 and $437 million in January 2019."
The Georgia Lottery's total ticket
sales for fiscal year 2019 were $4.776 billion as compared to $4.598 billion in
2018, an increase of $178.2 million, or 3.9 % as compared to 2018. Gov. Brian
Kemp announced in July that the Georgia Lottery transferred its fiscal year
2019 profits, a total of $1,207,369,000, to the state treasury. The amount was
the largest annual transfer in the Georgia Lotterys 26-year history,
bringing the total raised for education to more than $21 billion.
The Georgia Lottery increased its
advertising spending in 2019, spending $29 million, which was up from $25.3
million the year before.
The Georgia Lottery's new audit
report shows which games were the most successful for the state last year.
Gross scratcher ticket sales
increased $77.6 million during fiscal year 2019, from $3.142 billion in 2018 to
Scratch-games at the $10 price point
generated $721.6 million in revenue in fiscal 2019, continuing to be the
largest scratcher game segment, the report said. This was a $62.7 million
increase over 2018. The top games at this price point included 50X The Money,
$100 Million Cash Extreme, Monopoly 50X and Royal Riches. The top-selling games
at this price point, 50X The Money and $100 Million Cash Extreme, generated
sales at $120 million and $78 million respectively. Eight new games
collectively contributed $330.6 million.
Ticket sales at the $5 price point
totaled $600.7 million in fiscal year 2019 making it the second-largest
scratcher game segment, the report said.
The $20 price point category
contributed $554 million in ticket revenue, an increase of $48.2 million or
9.5% in 2019, making it the third largest segment in terms of overall scratcher
sales, the report said.
For fiscal year 2019, draw game
sales were $1.516 billion, an increase of $81.1 million, or 5.7% above the 2018
draw sales of $1.434 billion, the report said. Cash 3 sales decreased by $7
million to $518.4 million in 2019 compared to $525.4 million in 2018. Cash 3
experienced 17 high payout draws (greater than $1 million) during the year, the
Click here to download the
Georgia Lottery Corporation Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 Audit
This is the fiscal year 2018 and
fiscal year 2019 audit report for the Georgia Lottery Corporation. This audit
was performed by other independent auditors.
Release Date: 12/27/2019
Category: Audit Reports
SOURCE: Georgia Lottery
New Game on the BINGO TV Show! - The Environmental
HANNOVER, Germany (December 30,
2019) -- New year, new luck - with the beginning of the new year the TV show
BINGO ! - The environmental lottery on NDR television presents a new program
element with additional chances of winning.
The traditional highlight of the
show is the BINGO ! Environmental quiz. In this, two candidates compete against
each other in the studio and answer questions from the areas of nature and the
environment. The winner of this quiz is now taking part in the new "BINGO!
Final Game - The Sweet Happiness", in which regular winnings worth 2,000 to
10,000 euros can be won. If the maximum amount is not revealed in a week on the
multimedia wall animated as a honeycomb, the maximum winnings for the following
week increase by the difference (from the profit achieved to 10,000 euros).
"We are proud to offer our customers
attractive new profit opportunities by redesigning the BINGO ! Quiz," comments
Axel Holthaus, spokesman for the management of LOTTO Lower Saxony, about the
new quiz format.
BINGO ! - The North German has been
enthusiastic about the environmental lottery for 22 years now. It was created
in Lower Saxony at the time and is particularly impressive with the combination
of lottery fun and a television experience. Every Sunday at 5 p.m., the show is
broadcast live on NDR television with Michael Thürnau - who has actually
been there from the start - and his co-moderator Jule Gölsdorf.
The lottery is offered in the
federal states of Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Lower Saxony,
Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein. LOTTO Lower Saxony
is the leading state lottery company for the product BINGO ! - The
Tickets for the lottery are also
available online at the LOTTO collection points in the participating federal
states and in Lower Saxony at www.lotto-niedersachsen.de .
|BINGO moderators Michael Thürnau and Jule
About LOTTO Lower Saxony:
Toto-Lotto Niedersachsen GmbH (LOTTO
Niedersachsen) is the state lottery company of Lower Saxony with headquarters
in Hanover. For more than 70 years, LOTTO Lower Saxony has stood for
responsible gambling and guiding the gaming interest in legal channels on
behalf of the state.
CONTACT: Dr. Petra-Kristin Bonitz,
Head of corporate communications and press spokeswoman for Toto-Lotto
Niedersachsen GmbH, Telephone: +49 (0) 511 8402-556, Mobile: +49 (0) 151
52050254, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE: Toto-Lotto Niedersachsen
GmbH (LOTTO Lower Saxony).
The World Lottery Association Recertifies New Jersey Lottery for
Level 4 Responsible Gaming Certification
TRENTON, NJ (Dec. 20, 2019)
In 2016, the New Jersey Lottery was only the third state lottery in the nation
to be awarded a World Lottery Association Responsible Gaming Level Four
Certification, the highest level of international recognition in the gaming
The Lottery has been recertified by
the World Lottery Association in 2019 for continued efforts to incorporate
responsible gaming best practices into its everyday operations.
The World Lottery Association
Responsible Gaming Principles and Framework Certification Program outlines
lotteries' level of commitment to corporate social responsibility and
responsible gaming. New Jersey Lottery received the recertification of its
Level 4 distinction for its commitment to continued review and ongoing
development of extensive responsible gaming efforts.
I am proud of New Jersey
Lotterys efforts to incorporate responsible gaming messages into all
areas of communication and our work toward continued enhancements of the
Responsible Play Program, said New Jersey Lottery Acting Executive
Director James A. Carey, Jr.
We are pleased that the
extensive review by the World Lottery Association of our responsible gaming
initiatives and continued commitment has earned the New Jersey Lottery
recertification of the prestigious Level 4 Responsible Gaming
CONTACT: Missy Gillespie,
Communications Manager, T: Phone: (609) 599-5875, E:
SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.
Illinois Lottery Looks Back at the Past
Ten Years of Lucky
Winners, Major Milestones and Giving Back
CHICAGO, Illinois (December 27,
2019) -- As we count down the days until we ring in 2020 and kick off a new
decade, the Illinois Lottery takes a look back at highlights from the past 10
years. From big wins and historic jackpots to new games and modernized playing
experiences, check out 10 Lottery takeaways from the 2010s:
2010 - Powerball Comes to
In January 2010, the Illinois
Lottery added Powerball to its selection of draw-based lottery games, giving
players two more weekly chances to win sizeable jackpots.
2011 - Illinois Lottery Offers
Illinois Lottery retailers started
earning an additional 1 percent cashing bonus for paying out prizes of up to
$600. In addition to the cashing bonus, retailers also receive a 5 percent
selling commission and a 1 percent bonus for selling a winning ticket of $1,000
or more. In Fiscal Year 2019, Illinois retailers earned $165 million in
commissions and bonuses.
2012 - Crosstown Classic
In May 2012, the Illinois Lottery
launched a series of Major League Baseball instant tickets, featuring the
Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. The $2 games offered
top prizes of $25,000 and 2013 MLB season tickets to the respective
2013 - Illinois Lottery Breaks
$18 Billion Mark for Contributions
The Lottery passed a significant
milestone with $18 billion in total contributions to the Illinois Common School
Fund, the Capital Projects Fund and other specialty causes in Illinois. To
date, the Illinois Lottery has contributed more than $21 billion (since 1985)
to the states Common School Fund.
2014 - Illinois Makes History as
the First State Lottery to Sell Tickets Via Mobile App
Two years after becoming the first
state lottery to sell tickets online, the Illinois Lottery became the first
state lottery to sell tickets through a mobile app. In January 2014, players
were able to buy Lotto, Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on the app, as well
as check winning numbers and find retailers. Today, players can buy tickets for
all of the draw-based games the Illinois Lottery offers.
2015 - Illinois Lottery Ticket
Supports Special Olympics
In February 2015, the Illinois
Lottery launched its first of three new specialty instant tickets in the decade
with the introduction of a ticket to benefit the Special Olympics. The Lottery
also launched games to benefit police memorials (May 2019) and homelessness
prevention (September 2019) in the decade, bringing the total number of
specialty cause tickets to seven. To date, the Illinois Lottery has raised more
than $53 million for these causes.
2016 Powerball Sets Record
for Largest U.S. Jackpot
In January 2016, three winning
tickets were sold for the U.S.-record $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot. During
the draw run, Illinois had two $1 million winners, six $100,000 winners, 45
winners of $50,000 and more than 893,000 other winners of smaller Powerball
2017 - Largest Winner in Illinois
Lottery History Nets $393M Prize
A Palos Heights woman won the
largest jackpot in Illinois history when she won a $393 million Mega Millions
jackpot in August 2017.
2018 - Mega Millions Madness
Takes Hold of Illinois
In October 2018, Mega Millions
madness hit, and the Illinois Lottery broke records with more than $348 million
in sales that month. Illinois players bought more than 27 million Mega Millions
tickets as the jackpot rocketed to $1.537 billion. It was the second-largest
jackpot in U.S. lottery history.
2019 - Illinois Lottery
Celebrates its 45th Birthday
The Illinois Lottery rang in its
45th birthday with a celebration of the special causes it supports during
Lottery Week in July. Across social media, the Lottery shared the stories of
real Illinoisans who have benefited from specialty instant tickets and
announced that Illinois received a record $731 million contribution for public
education funding from Fiscal Year 2019 Lottery sales.
For more history about the Illinois
Lottery, visit: illinoislottery.com/illinois-lottery/lottery-history
About the Illinois
Founded in 1974, the Illinois
Lottery has contributed over $21 billion (since 1985) to the states
Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of
millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like
homelessness prevention, Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast
cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for
people living with HIV/AIDS. Players must be at least 18 years old. In addition
to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all
draw-based Illinois Lottery games at illinoislottery.com.
CONTACT: Jason Schaumburg, T: (312)
SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.
German Lotto and Totoblock Want to Make the Classic LOTTO 6aus49 Even
A six for LOTTO
GERMANY (December 19, 2019) -- The
proverbial six in the lottery is expected to regularly lead to
millions of profits from autumn 2020 even without a suitable super number.
But the many smaller profits should
also be somewhat higher. These are two of the innovations with which the German
Lotto and Totoblock (DLTB) wants to make the classic LOTTO 6aus49 even more
The lottery players want
higher winnings in all ranks. We want to implement this with a new profit
plan, says Georg Wacker, Managing Director of Lotto
Baden-Württemberg and also Chairman of the DLTB Product Committee LOTTO
He points out that the innovations
are subject to approval by the responsible state authorities. In an
increasingly dynamic gaming market, it was necessary to keep the lottery
flagship on a sustainable course.
Thanks to the new features, the
lottery jackpot is set to climb into double-digit millions in the future. In
addition, the rules for compulsory distribution are to be changed: If the
jackpot is left standing for a long time, it should no longer be automatically
emptied in the 13th draw, but after reaching the 45 million euro limit -
regardless of the duration.
With a six without a super number,
significantly more millions should be won in the future. For this purpose, it
is planned to increase the proportion of the prize money disproportionately.
The previous nine ranks remain. Neither will the mathematical chances of
We have put together a
comprehensive package of improvements based on market research and intensive
discussions at the DLTB and hope that we can implement it in autumn
2020, emphasizes Wacker. The higher profits are guaranteed by a price
adjustment with the introduction of the new profit plan. So the stake of
currently 1 euro per tip should increase by 20 cents.
LOTTO 6aus49 records nationwide
operations of around 3.5 billion euros per year. The classic has been around
since 1955. Lotto Baden-Württemberg has been responsible for the LOTTO
6aus49 at the DLTB since early 2019. The core task of the product committee is
to manage the brand strategically and operationally and to set new
Baden-Württemberg, Mathias Yagmur, company, spokesman Tel .: 0711/81000
117, E-Mail: email@example.com
SOURCE: German Lotto and Totoblock
Gambling Commissions Neil McArthur Visits Addiction Charity
BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (December 23, 2019)
-- The chief executive of the Gambling Commission has visited a Buckinghamshire
addiction charity which was set up through funding from The National Lottery
Neil McArthur met with the founder,
trustees, employees and volunteers from DrugFAM, an organisation which provides
support to families whose loved ones are suffering from an addiction to drugs
or alcohol, and those who are bereaved by addiction.
The High Wycombe charity, which was
launched in 2006, also works with schools, rehabilitation units, prisons and
communities across the UK to raise awareness of the impact substance misuse has
on families and the wider public.
Its founder, Elizabeth
Burton-Phillips MBE, was recently honoured with a Special Recognition Award at
the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards in November.
Neil McArthur said: It is
important in our role as the gambling regulator to ensure funds continue to be
distributed to charities like DrugFAM.
I met Elizabeth and her team
recently at the National Lottery Awards and I was really struck by the
charitys drive and determination to help families and the community.
Their work is vital and has helped hundreds of families who have been impacted
by the effects of addiction.
Funding for good causes
through the National Lottery will remain a priority for us as we look to the
future, including at how technology and innovation can ensure that the success
of the National Lottery continues in the years ahead.
Elizabeth Burton-Phillips added:
It was an absolute pleasure to meet Neil and to discuss at length how we
can support one another.
We now have many years of
experience supporting the families of addicts which includes gambling addiction
in addition to drugs and alcohol. For our families it is about them knowing
this is the right place with the right people who are here every day of the
year to help them. National Lottery Funding for our helpline has been
The DrugFAM helpline is available
through 0300 888 3853. The helpline operates seven day a week from 9am until
The National Lottery is regulated by
the Gambling Commission, who ensure that players are treated fairly, the
nations interest in the Lottery is protected, and the operator maximises
the enjoyment and benefits that the Lottery brings.
Since its launch in November 1994,
the National Lottery has raised over £40 billion for good causes. These
include sports projects, arts and heritage, as well as communities, health,
education and environmental schemes.
Read more about how the Gambling
the National Lottery.
SOURCE: Gambling Commission.
Florida Lottery Celebrates Agency Accomplishments from Governor
Desantis First Year In Office
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (December 23,
2019) -- Today, the Florida Lottery is proud to highlight its key
accomplishments during Governor DeSantis first year in office.
We are incredibly thankful
to Governor DeSantis for his leadership and unwavering commitment to our
mission and education in Florida, said Florida Lottery Secretary
Randall Hunt. This past year has been tremendously successful for the
Florida Lottery. From record-breaking sales to signing a new Scratch-Off
contract that will generate additional funding for education, the Lottery team
has been laser-focused on results. We look forward to working with the
Governor, the Legislature and all of our partners as we continue to maximize
revenues for education.
This past year, the Florida Lottery:
SET RECORDS FOR SALES AND
TRANSFERS TO EDUCATION
- The Florida Lottery set a record in contributions
to education, transferring a total of approximately $1.9 billion to education
in FY18-19. This represents an increase of more than 9% percent, or
approximately $169 million Year-Over-Year.
- The Lottery also set a record for total sales in
FY18-19 with over $7.15 billion in sales. This represents a 6.7 percent, or
$450 million increase Year-Over-Year.
- In total, we have contributed over $36 billion to
education since 1988 and over $1 billion for the past 17 consecutive years. We
have also helped over 840,000 students receive Bright Futures Scholarships.
- We also set records with individual games. In
September 2019, the launch of the $5,000,000 LUCK game set a new single week
sales record for $20 Scratch-Off games in Florida with sales topping $15.48
million. Building off this momentum, on October 28, four new HOLIDAY LUCK
Scratch-Off games offered at the $1, $2, $5 and $10 price points were
introduced and have produced double-digit sales increases over holiday-themed
games of the past two years.
LAUNCHED A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART
- In April, the Florida Lottery successfully launched
its new and improved gaming system. The upgrade replaced the nearly 15-year-old
system software and equipment in each of the Lotterys 13,000+ retail
locations across the state. The new system enables the Lottery to sell tickets,
process claims, and pay prizes in a more secure manner. It also includes
improved technology and retailer enhancements that will create a better overall
player experience. Some of the new gaming system features
o new self-service ticket checkers that players can use
to check their tickets for winners at each retail location;
o updated servers, terminals, and displays in every retail
o 2,500 new vending machines;
robust communications network, including a new in-state call center to provide
hotline services to Florida Lottery retailers;
o improved security
and anti-fraud measures;
o and streamlined processing features,
including a 24/7 web-based portal for detailed retailer sales and inventory
SIGNED A NEW SCRATCH-OFF CONTRACT
TO BOOST EDUCATION FUNDING
- In October, the Florida Lottery signed a new
Scratch-Off contract with Scientific Games that is projected to generate an
additional $135 million to education over the next seven-and-a-half years. The
company will continue to serve as the Lotterys primary Scratch-Off game
provider through 2027, with extension options up to an additional seven years.
The new contract is expected to generate at least an estimated $18 million in
additional contributions to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) each
year during the term of the initial agreement, based on the latest Revenue
Estimating Conference (REC) projections.
STREAMLINED PROCESSES AND CREATED
EFFICIENCIES TO CREATE A BETTER CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
- The Lottery restructured the Division of Claims
Processing to provide better and more efficient service to our players and
winners. The restructuring eliminated the backlog in ticket processing,
allowing the Department to pay prizes a full two weeks quicker.
- The Lottery deployed a cloud-based enterprise-wide
Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) to support the Departments
goal of becoming the most efficient lottery in the nation. It is expected
that the EDMS will streamline many paper-intensive businesses processes, manual
workflows, and manual document retention activities.
ENHANCED BOTH RESPONSIBLE GAMING
AND MARKETING EFFORTS
- In FY18-19, the Lottery increased its Play
Responsibly advertising spend from $540,000 to $921,000, which represents an
increase of 41 percent. We have enhanced this increase by ensuring that Play
Responsibly messaging is incorporated into all of our communications, from
tickets and Point of Sale material to advertising.
DIVERSIFIED MARKETING EFFORTS TO
SPOTLIGHT BRIGHT FUTURES RECIPIENTS
- This past year, the Florida Lottery worked to place
an added emphasis on Bright Futures Scholarship recipients, who are the
beneficiaries of the transfers we send to education. We used a multi-media
approach with strong support from our media vendors to help tell the stories
through added value opportunities. Our goal was to use the power of
storytelling to highlight the impact Bright Futures has not only on individual
lives, but on families as well. Between 2018 and 2019, we increased awareness
of the Florida Lottery as the funding source for Bright Futures from 43% to
69%. Additionally, overall opinion of the Florida Lottery (positive sentiment)
has remained strong at 75% among Lottery players. This years Beyond
the Spotlight campaign, which allowed educators and students to submit
video content highlighting their needs, collected over 3,300 real story entries
and reached over 1.2 million people.
RECEIVED CERTIFICATIONS AND
AWARDS FOR DEPARTMENTAL EXCELLENCE
- In July, The Florida Lotterys Division of
Accounting received the Government Finance Officers Associations (GFOA)
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its
2017-18 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This is the second year
the Lottery has received the award. The award is the highest form of
recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. The
certificate is awarded to entities who go above and beyond the minimum
requirements of generally accepted accounting principles and evidences a spirit
of transparency and full disclosure.
- The Florida Lotterys Division of Security
sought and was awarded its law enforcement reaccreditation on October 2, 2019.
A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement
Accreditation (CFA) conducted an assessment July 24 25, 2019 to examine
all aspects of the Florida Lottery, Division of Securitys policies and
procedures, management, operations, and support services for its
reaccreditation. The Lotterys Division of Security complied with
238 standards, many of which are critical to life, health and safety
issues. Verification by the team that the Division of Security meets the
Commissions standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain
accreditation, which is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $36 billion to education and sending more than
840,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The
Florida Lottery reinvests 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy
through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and
contributions to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more
than $66.9 billion in prizes and made more than 2,800 people millionaires. For
more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.
SOURCE: Florida Lottery (www.flalottery.com).
Georgia Lottery Rolls Out IWG Games
Instant win supplier expands
footprint within North American lottery market
GIBRALTAR (December 19, 2019) -- IWG
has further cemented its position as a leading supplier of instant win games to
North American lotteries after launching its content with the Georgia Lottery
The companys top-performing
games have now gone live with the state lottery following a seamless
integration via the IGT platform, allowing players to enjoy a new and exciting
gaming experience driven by the suppliers advanced game mechanics.
Georgia Lottery has also become one
of the first lotteries to go live with the latest incarnation of IWGs
flagship game Super Cash Buster, which is now available in portrait mode.
As part of the agreement, IWG will
deliver new releases on a regular basis to support the Lotterys online
program and help attract and retain players.
The partnership with the Georgia
Lottery further enhances IWGs footprint within the North American lottery
market, with its games now live with ALC, BCLC, Loto-Québec, Michigan
Lottery and Pennsylvania Lottery.
Rhydian Fisher, CEO of IWG, said:
Partnering with one of the biggest lotteries in North America is a
fantastic move for us and further demonstrates our position as a premium
provider of instant win games.
Players across the state will
now have access to a wide range of fun and entertaining games, featuring a mix
of themes and mechanics that will appeal to a wide target audience.
Were looking forward to
working alongside our latest lottery, driving greater online revenues alongside
their existing and successful retail operations, as well as helping raise funds
for good causes.
Gretchen Corbin, President and CEO
of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, said: Integrating IWGs games is
an important step in our goal to diversify our online product portfolio with
exciting new content.
They have a strong reputation
for delivering innovative instant win games to the North American lottery
market and we are excited to partner with them. We look forward to introducing
more IWG games in the future.
IWG is a world leader in supplying
online, instant win games to lotteries and commercial brands and platforms in
the online gaming industry. It has over 15 years experience of making top
selling, high quality instant win games and the strategic know how to make them
IWG has launched over 300 games that
perform consistently at the highest level, engaging and retaining players while
driving excellent results for customers. It has the knowledge to deliver a
winning portfolio of games, the experience to make it grow and the sales
figures and data to back this knowledge up.
IWG delivers an end-to-end solution
covering all aspects of game development and portfolio management and a Remote
Game Server (RGS) delivering content in multiple regulated jurisdictions from
data centres in the UK, Gibraltar, Canada and North America. It has a broad
library available via the RGS with games covering many proven themes and
mechanics that can be developed into an ideal offering for a partners
instant win portal.
SOURCE: IWG press release.
The Dutch Gaming Authority Imposed Fines of 3.5 Million Euros in
THE HAGUE (December 27, 2019) -- The
Gaming Authority (Ksa) imposed fines of 3.5 million euros in 2019. That is more
than doubling compared to 2018 when the Ksa imposed fines for more than 1.7
Ten administrative fines were
imposed in connection with the offering of online games of chance to Dutch
The fine parties were Exinvest /
1XCorp (February), Casumo Services (April), Onisac (April), Simbat (June),
Spinity (June), Trannel International (August), ElectraWorks (August), TSG
Interactive Gaming Europe (September) , Royal Panda (October) and LeoVegas
Ksa chairman René Jansen:
'The online gaming offer is huge. Enforcement choices must be made. In
mid-2017, while awaiting the legalization of online gambling, the Ksa tightened
the criteria it uses to select online providers for enforcement measures. These
criteria are all aimed at protecting Dutch consumers against illegal online
offers. Parties that use the Dutch language, Dutch symbols and Dutch payment
methods, for example, will have to deal with the Ksa. There are several reasons
for doubling the fine. For example, the basic fine has been increased , a
recidivist has been included and more large providers have been fined than
Fines were not always paid in the
past. Jansen: 'We cannot yet say whether the fines imposed in 2019 will all be
paid, because there are still time limits. We do see, however, that more and
more people do pay. That is, we think, because the Remote Games of Chance Act
has been adopted by the Senate. Probably from 1 January 2021 online gambling
licenses can be applied for. If a fine has not been paid, we consider a party
to be unreliable. And by definition, non-reliable means no license. " Fines
that are paid flow into the state treasury.
The Remote Gambling Act, which not
only legalizes online gambling but also tightens up the requirements for
addiction prevention, sets strict conditions for an online license. René
Jansen: 'The law is aimed at creating a safe range of games of chance in a
controlled environment. Someone who wants to gamble via the internet must be
able to do so safely.
He must be assured of a fair game
and be assured that much attention is paid to the prevention of addiction. That
is only possible in a well-regulated market, in which strict action is taken
against illegal supply. "
The Ksa will also continue to fight
online gambling in 2020. Jansen: 'We will continue to do so as long as online
offerings are illegal. Earlier this month we announced that we will be adding
age verification as a criterion from January 1, 2020 . Illegal providers of
online gambling who do not visibly verify the age of participants before the
registration process is completed, will be dealt with as a priority with the
Ksa. Preventing minors from taking part in gambling is an important priority of
the Ksa. "
In addition, the Ksa withdrew 41
operating licenses for slot machines in 2019, for example as a result of the
non-payment of gambling fees or an interim test in the context of reliability.
Sometimes an operating license is withdrawn at its own request, for example in
the event of business termination.
About the Ksa
The Ksa is the regulator on the
market for gambling. Her motto is to play safely in a fair market. The
objectives are the protection of consumers, the prevention of gambling
addiction and the prevention of illegality and crime. It has administrative
enforcement instruments at its disposal (administrative fine, order subject to
periodic penalty payments and order subject to administrative enforcement).
With the administrative fine, a fine is imposed for breaking the law. Expenses
subject to periodic penalty payments and administrative enforcement are aimed
at enforcing the termination of a violation. For the order subject to a
penalty, the penalty is collected if it appears that the violation has not
ended within a certain period.
SOURCE: De Kansspelautoriteit.
2019 a Record-Breaking Year for B.C. Lottery
VANCOUVER, BC, Canada (December 30,
2019) -- From Tumbler Ridge to Richmond, Merritt to Port Alberni, BCLC paid out
lottery players in B.C. with a record-breaking $785 million in winnings this
In addition to the highest value of
prizes paid out in BCLCs history, a second record was set in 2019 when
Richmonds Joseph Katalinic won $60 million from the July 26, 2019 Lotto
Max draw the largest single lottery prize ever awarded in B.C.
Playing the lottery is about
the chance to have life-changing dreams come true and this years
record-breaking amount of winnings has delivered bigger dreams than ever before
for our players, said Kevin Gass, BCLCs Vice-President of Lottery
Gaming. Our players won more than 86 million times in British Columbia in
2019 now thats something to celebrate.
B.C. also had a flurry of four
consecutive $1 million Guaranteed Lotto 6/49 Prize wins from November 20-30,
2019: only the second time that has ever happened in B.C.
Remember, play for fun, not to make
money. For more information, visit GameSense.com.
For more information, please
CONTACT: BCLC Media Relations, T: 604.225.6460, E:
SOURCE: British Columbia Lottery
Lottery to Bring Back Popular Bundle Promo for January Through
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Dec. 30, 2019)
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL) will bring back its popular
5-Buck Bundle in January. When players purchase a $3 Powerball® ticket with
Power Play® and a $2 Mega Millions® ticket, they will receive a free $1
Natural State Jackpot (NSJ) ticket. The promotion will run through February
2020. All Bundle tickets must be Quick Picks.
All players have to do to get
this great deal is to ask for the 5-Buck Bundle, said ASL Director Bishop
Woosley. This is the third straight year we have offered the Bundle.
People really like it, so we are bringing it back by popular demand.
The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday
nights drawing is up to $220 million, and tomorrow nights Mega
Millions jackpot stands at $55 million.
The Natural State Jackpot, which is
exclusive to Arkansas, was reset on Saturday to $50,000 after a woman from
Austin, Ark., bought a winning ticket at the Austin One Stop for Friday
nights drawing and won $320,000. She claimed the prize this morning at
the ASL Claim Center in Little Rock. The NSJ jackpot for tonights drawing
As long as no one wins these
jackpots, they will just continue to increase. The Natural State Jackpot draws
six nights a week and increases by $5,000 each day until it reaches $150,000,
then it grows by $10,000 each draw until it is won. Drawings for Powerball and
Mega Millions jackpots each occur twice a week and grow by several million
dollars each time no one wins the jackpot, Woosley said.
Also, tomorrow the lottery will
launch five new STACKED instant tickets ranging in price from $1 to
$10. Each ticket is loaded with prizes, and players can win multiple times on
Woosley reminds players that if
gambling is causing a problem for an individual, help is available by calling
or texting the 24-hour confidential National Problem Gambling Helpline at
About the Arkansas Scholarship
More than 92 cents of every dollar
of lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions, and
other expenses in Arkansas. Since 2009, the lottery has raised more than $908
million in proceeds for scholarships. More than 540,000 college scholarships
have been awarded to Arkansans. The lottery has paid more than $3 billion in
prizes to players, about $263 million in retailer commissions and more than
$129 million state and federal tax revenue.
Follow the Arkansas Scholarship
Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit MyArkansasLottery.com for
more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions and
to join The Club for free. To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers
Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem gambling, contact the
National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.
CONTACT: Contact Kara Lee Ford at
501-683-1646 for more information.
Gambling Commission Launches New Online Self-Service Portal for
Personal Licence Holders
BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (December 19, 2019)
-- A new online and mobile-friendly service which allows personal gambling
licences to be managed and administered far quicker than before has been
launched by the Gambling Commission.
The new service, available on the
Commissions website, allows personal licence holders to quickly change
personal details, report key events linked to their licence, and download
e-copies of the licence itself.
The new service also includes a
processing tool that reduces processing times from several weeks to only a few
Helen Venn, executive director at
the Gambling Commission said: This new service has only been running for
a matter of weeks and already weve had over 4,000 users logging on and an
improved processing time of 80%.
Over half of those have used a
mobile device to access the portal, allowing them to manage their personal
licence on the go, save time and hopefully improving their experience.
Listening to the needs of
personal licence holders has been vital.
Through their feedback, and
through our own drive to continuously improve the way we regulate, we looked in
detail at our licence management processes and set ourselves the challenge to
cut down on administration by using technology and our systems more
The result is a much more
efficient process for everyone through a more streamlined, simpler
The Commission is also reminding
personal licence holders that if they started a maintenance application prior
to 26 November 2019 via the old portal, but had not submitted, then those
people will need to re-register and begin the application process again.
Readers can find more information on
the new manage and maintain your personal licence service on the Gambling
SOURCE: Gambling Commission.
Blaine Marston Wins First Powerball Millionaire of The
Year During Dick Clarks New Years Rockin Eve with
Ryan Seacrest 2020 on ABC
$1 Million Drawing
Broadcast Live Just After Midnight on Americas Biggest Celebration of the
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 1, 2020)
Just after midnight, dick clark productions and POWERBALL® announced
Blaine Marston from Passadumkeag, Maine as the winner of the First
POWERBALL Millionaire of the YearSM drawing during ABCs live
broadcast of Dick Clarks New Years Rockin Eve with Ryan
Seacrest 2020. Revealed live on-air by country artist Jessie James
Decker, Marston was the lucky winner randomly chosen as part of a national
I cant even believe
it, this is unreal, said Marston. Like Im
Congratulations to our
First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year! said Gregory R. Mineo,
POWERBALL Product Group Chairman and Maine Lottery Director. This has
been an exciting night in POWERBALL history. We look forward to creating even
more millionaires in the New Year, while raising money for good causes
supported by lotteries.
First teased during last years
New Years Eve telecast, the promotion officially kicked off last spring
and continued through summer. As part of the national POWERBALL game, players
who purchased tickets from 25 participating jurisdictions could enter their
POWERBALL tickets into the First POWERBALL Millionaire of the YearSM
second-chance drawings. More than three hundred players from those
jurisdictions won a VIP trip to New York City to celebrate New Years Eve
2020 and a chance to win $1 million. The three hundred VIP trip winners were
narrowed down to five finalists and, finally, to the winner of the $1 million
The first lottery to launch the
First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year promotion was the South Dakota Lottery,
followed by the Wisconsin Lottery and New Mexico Lottery. Additional
participating jurisdictions included Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District
of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland,
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
The First POWERBALL Millionaire of
the Year promotion brought second-chance drawing winners and their guests to
New York City for the ultimate VIP experience. After a series of seasonal
activities across Manhattan, the winners and their guests gathered for an
exclusive New Years Eve gala featuring a performance from Jessie James
Decker at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Manhattan in Times Square. The party
culminated with the First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year drawing.
For more information on the First
POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year promotion, please visit
About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the
world's largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment
programming with the "Academy of Country Music Awards," "American Music
Awards," "Billboard Music Awards," "Golden Globe Awards," "Dick Clark's New
Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" and the Streamy Awards.
Weekly television programming
includes "So You Think You Can Dance" from 19 Entertainment and dcp. dcp also
owns one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment archive
libraries with over 60 years of award-winning shows, historic programs,
specials, performances and legendary programming. dcp is a division of Valence
Media, a diversified media company with divisions and strategic investments in
premium television, wide release film, specialty film, live events and digital
media. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.
Its Americas Game! Since
1992, POWERBALL® has inspired the country with a chance to become a
millionaire, while raising nearly $22 billion for good causes supported by
lotteries. POWERBALL set a world record jackpot of $1.586 billion in January
The record prize was shared by
winners in California, Florida and Tennessee. POWERBALL tickets are $2 per
play. Tickets are sold in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and
the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at
10:59 p.m. ET.
More than half of all proceeds from
the sale of a POWERBALL ticket remain in the jurisdiction where the ticket was
For more information, visit
SOURCE: dick clark productions.
SAZKAs Consolidated Gross Gaming Revenues Increased by 6% to
1,371 Million in the Nine Months to 30 September
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (December 23,
2019) -- SAZKA Group a.s. announces its financial results for the nine months
to 30 September 2019.
Consolidated Gross gaming revenues
increased by 6% to 1,371 million (9M 2018: 1,288 million).
Consolidated EBITDA increased by 19%
to 430 million (9M 2018: 363 million) with growth in all key
geographies and major business segments.
Consolidated Profit from continuing
operations increased by 28% to 217 million (9M 2018: 169
Pro-rata, pro-forma LTM EBITDA of
361 million (391 million pro-forma for the acquisition of an
additional 7.25% stake in OPAP following the end of the period).
Pro-rata, pro-forma  net debt /
LTM EBITDA ratio of 2.4x (1.2x on priority debt basis) at 30 September 2019
(3.3x and 1.5x pro-forma for certain subsequent transactions including the
acquisition of the additional 7.25% stake in OPAP).
Successful issuance of CZK 6bn
(~235m) Fixed-Rate Notes due 2024 and, following the end of the period,
300m Senior Notes due 2024.
 Pro-forma adjustments primarily
relate to the sale of the SuperSport business.
here to download the Condensed consolidated interim financial statements
for the period ended 30 September 2019.
SOURCE: SAZKA Group a.s.