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Vol. 92 No.12A - Monday September 21, 2020

 

 

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Louisiana Lottery Launches Two New Orleans Saints Branded Scratch-Off Games

Second-chance prizes for game-day experiences and autographed merchandise available

 

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NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (September 11, 2020) -- Even amid the uncertainty of the upcoming season for Louisiana's beloved professional football team, Saints fans can rely on the Louisiana Lottery to bring them a reason to smile. Two team-themed scratch-offs at the $2 and $5 price points launched Aug. 24: $2 Saints Geaux. Fight. Win. with top cash prizes of $14,000 and $5 Saints We Are Strong. We Are Loyal. We Are Family. with top cash prizes of $100,000.

"These game names, marking the 12th in our partnership with the New Orleans Saints, truly reflect how we all feel about our team right now," said Lottery President Rose Hudson. "The Saints have always had a way of uniting us as Louisianians and that hasn't changed even under these trying circumstances."

Each game features three distinct scenes designed with metallic gold ink.

Non-winning tickets from either game can be entered in any $10 combination into a series of three second-chance drawings.

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Participants in the first second-chance drawing, whose entries are received by Oct. 12, will be eligible to win one of three Saints Suite Access Prize Packages, including four tickets to the exclusive Louisiana Lottery 300 level suite for a designated home game in the Saints 2021 season.

One lucky name will also be drawn to win the Saints Tunnel Team Prize Package for the winner and three friends to be on the field when the Saints take the field, including four Plaza Club Sideline tickets to a home game in the Saints 2021 season, four entertainment passes allowing the winner and guests pregame field access, one parking pass, one-night hotel accommodations (two rooms) and $500 spending cash.

Entries received from Oct. 13 to Nov. 9 will be entered into the next second-chance drawing for one of five Saints Suite Access Prize Packages, including four tickets to the Louisiana Lottery 400 level suite for a home game in the Saints 2021 season.

Also during the second drawing, one winner will be selected to receive a Saints Limo Prize Package, including four Plaza Club Sideline tickets to a home game in the Saints 2021 season, four pregame field passes, one-night hotel accommodations (two rooms), limo transportation to and from the game, four authentic Saints jerseys, $500 spending cash and a special "meet and greet" with Saints owner Gayle Benson.

Entries received from Nov. 10 until the to-be-announced deadline will be entered into the third second-chance drawing for one Saints 2021 Season Prize Package, including four Plaza Sideline tickets for the 2021 football season, four pregame field passes for every home game, a 2021 parking pass and a VIP tour of the Saints practice facility. The winner and three guests will receive round-trip limo service to the facility in Metairie (or overnight accommodations if the distance exceeds 75 miles) where they will also view a team practice and have lunch in the team cafeteria.

During the first and second drawings, additional entries will be drawn to receive an official autographed Saints jersey, football or helmet. Twelve winners will be randomly chosen during the first drawing and 15 during the second.

"Because the pandemic has created an uncertain environment for live sporting event audiences, we have decided that second-chance game-day experience winners will receive their prizes in the 2021 Saints season, while merchandise winners will receive their prizes during the current season," Hudson explained.

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To enter the second-chance drawings, players should complete the information on the back of $10 worth of non-winning $2 Saints Geaux. Fight. Win. and/or $5 Saints We Are Strong. We Are Loyal. We Are Family. scratch-off tickets and mail them together in an envelope (no larger than 4.5" by 9.5") to the drawing address printed on the back of the ticket. Entries must contain at least $10 worth of non-winning tickets from either game to be eligible. Players can enter as many times as they wish, but each complete entry should be mailed in a separate envelope. Drawings will be held within seven days of the entry deadlines.

"With so many changes anticipated for the upcoming season, it's great to know fans can count on the Louisiana Lottery to deliver excitement with Saints team-branded scratch-offs," said New Orleans Saints President Dennis Lauscha.

Complete game and second-chance drawing entry rules can be found on the Lottery's website, www.louisianalottery.com/saints. Lottery ticket purchasers and second-chance drawing entrants must be at least 21 years of age. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available by calling 1-877-770-7867. For security purposes, the Lottery encourages players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing.

The National Football League, its member professional football clubs, NFL Ventures, Inc., NFL Ventures, L.P., NFL Properties LLC, NFL Enterprises LLC and each of their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, shareholders, officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees (collectively, the NFL Entities) will have no liability or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with participation in this lottery or the prize awarded. The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored this lottery in any way.

SOURCE: New Orleans Saints.

 

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Pollard Banknote Co-Chief Executive Officer John Pollard to Be Inducted into Lottery Industry Hall of Fame

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (September 14, 2020) – Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) congratulates John Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote, on his upcoming induction into the Public Gaming Research Institute’s (PGRI) Lottery Industry Hall of Fame.

With more than three decades of lottery leadership and a focus on the financial and operational sides of the business, John Pollard has helped steer Pollard Banknote from its beginnings in the Canadian lottery industry in the 1980s to become a world-class lottery partner.

John has been integral to Pollard Banknote’s ongoing evolution and growth, ensuring the company is constantly adapting to meet new challenges. With a clear vision for the future, he has fostered a long-standing history of innovation in print products and championed the company’s movement into the digital space.

As Co-Chief Executive Officer, John has guided Pollard Banknote’s strategic investment in the company’s core business, as well as in the acquisition of new subsidiary companies, to solidify Pollard Banknote’s position as a proven lottery partner and innovator.

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Numerous initiatives led by John have helped lotteries attract new players, expand lottery products, and extend the retail network, thereby helping to increase revenue for the good causes lotteries support.

John is fiercely committed to the company’s employees and the communities they live and work in. Since John began at Pollard Banknote in 1986, the company has grown from 57 employees to nearly 2,000. Close to 200 of these employees are members of Pollard Banknote’s 25 Year Club—a testament to John’s dedication to staff company-wide.

“It is an honour to be selected as an inductee into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame,” said John Pollard. “Thirty-four years ago I joined Pollard Banknote, and since that time it’s been a privilege to work alongside my father, my brothers, and an exceptional team of skilled and knowledgeable colleagues. We have truly earned this honour together, and I accept it on behalf of our entire staff. I take great pride in Pollard Banknote’s evolution and growth, as well as our focus on finding solutions to the challenges faced by our lottery clients. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the other seven new inductees.”

Each year, the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame’s members nominate and vote on industry leaders who promote excellence, integrity, and success in the lottery industry. John, along with five other recipients, will be honoured in a virtual ceremony on October 14, 2020. 

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 and Fastrak retail merchandising solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings, ranging from world-class mkodo 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 www.pollardbanknote.com.

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

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INTRALOT Signs Contract Extension in New Zealand Until 2025

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ATHENS, Greece (September 11, 2020) -- The company will continue to provide its integrated solution Electronic Monitoring Services (EMS) for Class 4 venues to the Department of Internal Affairs.

INTRALOT announces that its subsidiary in New Zealand, INTRALOT NZ Ltd., has signed a three year contract extension from 2022 to 2025 with a one-year option, with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) for the provision of Electronic Monitoring Services to continue offering a comprehensive reporting, accounting, auditing and secure management of the country’s Class 4 gaming venues.

EMS was introduced by INTRALOT in March 2007 to track and monitor gaming machine operations in pubs and clubs, ensuring the integrity of games and the accurate financial reporting.

Dr. Chris Dimitriadis, INTRALOT Group CEO stated: “We would like to thank DIA for its continued confidence and trust more than a decade. The extension of our partnership is an endorsement of our successful cooperation in implementing a high-quality operating service performance out of EMS. Our world-class solution, designed according to Gaming Association standards, serves the most demanding regulatory environments and we are committed to continue supporting DIA on establishing a responsible gaming environment for the local player community.”

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a publicly listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 42 regulated jurisdictions worldwide. With a global workforce of approximately 3,800 employees in 2019, INTRALOT is committed to redefine innovation and quality of services in the lottery and gaming sector, while supporting operators in raising funds for good causes. Uniquely positioned to deliver state-of-the-art technology across geographies, the company has developed an advanced ecosystem that serves all verticals enabling the digital transformation of gaming operators and offering players an unparalleled gaming experience. INTRALOT has been awarded the prestigious Responsible Gaming Framework certification by the World Lottery Association and is certified under the WLA Security Control Standard. Visit us at: www.intralot.com.

For more information please CONTACT: Mrs. Chryssa Amanatidou, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Phone: +30 2106156000, Fax: +30 2106106800, email: press_office@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

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Texas Lottery Awarded World Lottery Association’s Level 3 Responsible Gaming Recertification

AUSTIN, Texas (September 10, 2020) – The Texas Lottery’s responsible gambling initiatives have been granted accreditation by the World Lottery Association (WLA) in accordance with the recommendation of the Independent Assessment Panel (IAP) comprised of international experts in the field of corporate responsibility. After initially achieving Level 3 responsible gambling certification from WLA in 2016, the Texas Lottery has now been recertified at the same level through 2023.

“We are honored to have our responsible gambling efforts recognized on an international level,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “The Texas Lottery just finished another strong sales year in fiscal year 2020 while remaining committed to the World Lottery Association’s standards for responsible gambling. We look forward to enhancing our responsible gambling efforts, as we continue to remind our players to Play Responsibly. It only takes one ticket to win.”

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To achieve Level 3 certification, the Texas Lottery documented and demonstrated a strong commitment and expertise in promoting its responsible gambling program. The IAP commended the Texas Lottery for its ability to improve its program despite cuts in budget and resources. The Texas Lottery was also applauded for a strong, integrated retailer program, Game Design Sensitivity Guidelines, and for its Advertising Sensitivity Guidelines that are reinforced by an Advertising Review Team.

The Texas Lottery provides awareness training for retailers, vendors and employees and makes resource information available through the dedicated PLAY RESPONSIBLY page on its website and brochures displayed at more than 20,000 licensed lottery retail locations across Texas. Responsible gambling messages are also featured in employee and retailer communications and on the Texas Lottery’s official social media accounts. The Texas Lottery is a member of WLA, North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) and a Silver member of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). Additionally, it participates in the NCPG-McGill University holiday campaign to prevent underage gambling and in the National Problem Gambling Awareness Month campaign conducted annually in March.

The WLA is an international trade organization that represents 147 lotteries from 82 countries on all five continents. Member organizations must be licensed or authorized to conduct lotteries by the jurisdiction in which they reside. The Texas Lottery joined WLA in 2014, attaining Level 1 certification that year and Level 2 certification in 2015 before reaching Level 3 certification a year later.

About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated more than $31 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $65 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $25.5 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $140 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.

The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step®, Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five® and scratch ticket games. For more information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org. PLAY RESPONSIBLY.

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

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INTRALOT Launch Incentive Campaign ‘O KENO TÁ ON’

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BRAZIL (September 8, 2020) -- The initiative called “KENO TÁ ON” will be valid for bets placed on Wednesdays, 09, 16, 23, 30 September 2020, from 09:00 to 21:00 in the online environment. And to participate, the bettor must play at Keno Minas with the option "Golden Ball" in any game range, with the exception of track 1, accessing kenominas.com.br!

Ticket holders participating in the initiative who are awarded in the Keno Minas raffles will be awarded prizes up to 50% higher than those entitled in the current prize table.

If the winning ticket that meets the minimum participation criteria of the “KENO TÁ ON” initiative has been multiplied by the bettor's option, its holder will receive the prize, plus a maximum of 50% of the amount to which he is entitled in the current prize table , multiplied by the stake.

If the winning ticket that meets the minimum participation criteria of the “KENO TÁ ON” initiative is valid for multiple draws, its holder will receive a maximum of 50% higher prizes only for entries made for draws that occur between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm on the days in the initiative is in effect.

The holder of the winning ticket will have a maximum period of 90 days, counting from the day of the draws on which his ticket was awarded, to identify himself at any point of sale and / or to contact Intralot, in order to claim the premium.

If the redemption period is exceeded, the right of the respective holder will lapse. Intralot and Loteria Mineira can, at any time, change the date and frequency of the “KENO TÁ ON” initiative, as well as cancel it.

The defined participation criteria, as well as the percentage that will apply to the prizes, can be changed at any time by Intralot and Loteria Mineira.

The sale of lottery tickets and the equivalent to children and adolescents, under the terms of art. 81, VI, of the Child and Adolescent Statute. Intralot will retain the amounts referring to the Income Tax under the terms of article 153 of the Federal Constitution, article 43 of the National Tax Code and article 676 of Decree No. 3000 of 1999, which regulates Income Tax.

SOURCE: INTRALOT Brazil.

 

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Sportradar Appoints Chuck Robel to Board of Directors

Accomplished Executive Brings Decades of Experience Transforming Top Technology and Data Companies

NEW YORK, NY (September 10, 2020) -- Sportradar, the global provider of sports betting and sports entertainment products and services, today announced Chuck Robel, an accomplished executive who has transformed top technology companies, has been appointed as Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Board of Directors.

In his role, Robel will be responsible for the oversight of the company’s financial reporting and related internal controls, risk, and ethics and compliance, in addition to providing leadership to the Board of Directors for all aspects of the Committee’s work.

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Robel is currently Chairman of the Board for GoDaddy, the world’s largest service platform for entrepreneurs around the globe.  Until 2017, he was the Lead Director for AppDynamics during their IPO listing process.

Throughout his career, Robel has served in various leadership board member and audit chair roles assisting dozens of top technology and data companies transition and prepare for an IPO, including Sumo Logic, McAfee, Informatica, Palo Alto Networks, Borland, Adaptec, Jive Software, Model N and DemandTec.

“Chuck’s incredible knowledge and experience in driving growth for some of the largest technology and data companies in the world makes him an ideal fit to lead Sportradar’s audit committee,” said Sportradar CEO Carsten Koerl.

“As the primary company creating and shaping the future of the sports entertainment and sports betting spaces, Sportradar was committed to aligning with a leader like Chuck to help steer us through our next phase of development.” “I am honored to join Sportradar and bring my decades of experience working closely with many leading technology companies,” said Robel.

“Sportradar has established themselves as a leading technology company focused on innovation and groundbreaking products, and I look forward to working closely with Carsten and the board members in this capacity.”

Robel spent five years as General Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, a venture capital fund focused on early stage software company investments, where his team managed a $1 billion investment portfolio.

He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he spent 26 years and managed the PWC Software Services group in Silicon Valley and later the Technology Mergers and Acquisitions group.

SOURCE: Sportradar press release.

 

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New Fast Play Games Start This Week in North Carolina

Education Lottery launches first ever game offering instant jackpot wins

RALEIGH, North Carolina (September 14, 2020) -- Beginning this week, North Carolinians have fun, new lottery games to play called Fast Play where players can win a jackpot or other prizes instantly.

Fast Play games are the first new type of games offered by the N.C. Education Lottery in three years. They are the first lottery games ever to offer a chance to win a rolling jackpot instantly while also giving players the chance to win cash prizes instantly too.

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Games are easy to play. There are no play slips to fill out or numbers to select, and no drawings to wait on. Players can see immediately if they won, using how to play information printed on each ticket.

Mark Michalko, executive director of the Education Lottery, said Fast Play games will help the lottery continue to increase its sales and raise additional money for education this year.

“Fast Play games are fun because on just one ticket you could win a jackpot instantly or other cash prizes,” said Michalko. “These exciting new games will raise additional money for our education programs during a time when they need all the extra support they can get.”

As the games begin, here are some key things to know:

  • Fast Play tickets cost $2, $5 or $10.
  • Jackpots start at $20,000. The jackpot grows with each ticket purchased until it is won.
  • First games are: Lucky Clover, Classic Bingo, Rockin’ Bingo, and $2, $5, and $10 versions of Jackpot 7s.
  • New games will appear every four months.

 

Odds of winning prizes vary depending on the type of game and its prize. The overall odds of winning a prize instantly range from 1 in 3.11 to 1 in 4. The odds of winning the Fast Play jackpot are 1 in 240,000.

How to play information is printed on every ticket. A how to play video is also available HERE.

SOURCE: North Carolina Education Lottery.

 

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FEBRALOT, Union Leaders and Caixa Econômica Federal Resume Discussion of Urgent Matters

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BRAZIL (September 14, 2020) -- Last Thursday, September 10, the FEBRALOT and Caixa Econômica Federal (SUALO) video conferences met through executives Edilson Carrogi. R. Viana, Maria Thereza SM Assunção and Rodrigo Hideki Hori Takahashi to know the measures and deliveries of products to the lottery network in the coming days.

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The official release by Caixa's management areas was approved for the development of a new modality of prognostic betting with the name temporarily named MILLIONAIRE due to its degree of great difficulty in getting it right.

This modality is a very old claim by FEBRALOT and thanks to the new management of SUALO it was finally put into development.

This is a modality that is expected to have large accumulated prizes, since the probability of the main prize being settled is 1-238 million. There will be 10 award tracks and the final name of the modality will be chosen by the betting public. The scheduled launch date, which was due in 2020, due to the pandemic, was rescheduled for the first half of 2021.

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SUPERSETE launch schedule defined. It is a long-awaited betting method that now finally goes to the counter.

The sales launch takes place on September 19th and the advertising campaign starts on the 23rd. The first draw will take place on 10/02 at 3pm. The estimated prize for the first draw is R $ 1 MILLION. It will be the first modality to hold draws at a different time (at 3pm). The draws will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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CHANGE OF DEADLINES IN THE PROVISIONS OF COLLECTION ACCOUNTS OF SPECIAL LOTTERIES

Another subject discussed is also the fulfillment of an old FEBRALOT request.

This is the change in the deadlines for accountability of the collections of special lotteries.

Currently, in special draws, accountability takes place the day after the first normal draw of this modality. As of this year 's Mega da Virada , accountability for this modality will always take place in an interval of 3 contests. For example, the collection of Mega da Virada de ano starts on November 16th. All games or sweepstakes opened on the 16th, 17th or 18th will have their accounts made on 11/26, that is 3 following contests. This is a great contribution to lottery players who open their tickets well in advance, as they will now have more time to sell before rendering accounts.

INCREASE IN LOTERIC COMPENSATION ON ONLINE BETS

Officialization of the increase in remuneration for entrepreneurs for bets carried out over the internet, whether from any of the current platforms. Currently the lottery chain receives 3.11% of the collection in the form of a commission and will now receive 4% , representing an increase of 28.6% .

CAIXA LOTTERIES 58 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

On September 15th, the 58th anniversary of Loterias Caixa takes place, a historic milestone in which it took a huge commitment and effort by Caixa Econômica Federal and the Entrepreneur Network to make the “lottery” business what it is today. It is a date that deserves to be highlighted because it passes unnoticed by the final consumer.

Some important issues were also questioned. Among the main ones:

Federal Lottery ON LINE: This project, classified as a priority, is scheduled to be implemented in the first half of 2021. It is an important improvement and modernization project in the oldest lottery in Brazil and which most commissions the Network. It was a subject widely debated in the committees formed by FEBRALOT and Caixa and that, once again, this new management of SUALO is meeting, meeting the interests of the Category.

Marketing and the privatization of Caixa's lottery area are matters that have not yet been conclusive and will be addressed in future meetings.

Despite the difficulties imposed by the pandemic, FEBRALOT and the state unions have made every effort to continue fighting for the lottery network. # LotteriesValemMais

SOURCE: FEBRALOT Board.

 

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Tennessee Cash Winning Ticket is 300th in Lottery History Worth $1,000,000 or More

Jackpot-Winning Ticket Worth $1,148,030 Sold in Memphis

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (September 14, 2020) -- The 300th winning ticket in Tennessee Lottery history worth $1,000,000 or more was sold in Memphis.

A lucky Tennessee Cash player matched five out of five numbers plus the Cash Ball in Friday’s drawing to win $1,148,030, making the ticket the 300th worth $1,000,000 or more since the Tennessee Lottery began in 2004.

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The winning ticket was purchased at the Elvis Exxon, 4679 Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis.

No additional information is available until the prize is claimed.

The Lottery awarded its first $1 million check on June 26, 2004 to a lucky player from Knoxville at the culmination of Millionaire Live! - a half-hour televised event.

The 100th winning ticket of $1 million or more was a Millionaire Jumbo Bucks ticket purchased at the Old Medina Market and claimed on December 18, 2012 by a winner out of Jackson.

On November 26, 2016, the “Tennessee 20,” a group of co-workers at an automotive parts factory in Portland, won a $420.9 Powerball jackpot from a ticket purchased at Smoke Shop in Lafayette. The ticket was also the 200th sold worth $1 million or more since inception.

About the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $5.5 billion to fund designated education programs, including college grants, scholarships, Drive to 55 initiatives and after-school programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $15.2 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1.4 billion in commissions.

For additional information, visit tnlottery.com and follow the TEL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

SOURCE: Tennessee Lottery.

 

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Florida Lottery Offices Reopening to The Public in Limited Capacity

Offices Reopening by Claim Appointment Only for Prizes Valued at $5,000 or More

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (September 14, 2020) -- Today, the Florida Lottery announces that players with prizes valued at $5,000 or more can request appointments to file claims at Florida Lottery Headquarters and district offices. Claim appointment requests can be submitted through the Florida Lottery’s website at: www.flalottery.com/howToClaimForm.

Beginning on Tuesday, September 22, offices will be open to the public for claim appointments only. Claim appointments will be offered Tuesdays – Thursdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., EST (Pensacola’s hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., CST). The first hour of each day will be reserved for players 65 and older and those with serious underlying medical conditions.

As the Lottery continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak, we are taking necessary precautions to keep employees, players, retailers, and vendors as safe as possible. In following local county and/or city ordinances, players must wear a face covering and submit to a mandatory health screening in accordance with DOH and CDC guidelines prior to entering a Lottery office. In an effort to limit the number of people in an office at one time, players are asked to attend their claim appointment by themselves unless they require the assistance of another person for medical reasons.

When claiming a prize, players should follow the below parameters:

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  • Prizes of $250,000 and above can be claimed via appointment at Florida Lottery Headquarters.
  • Prizes of $5,000 - $249,999 can be claimed via appointment at any Florida Lottery district office.
  • Prizes of $600 - $4,999 can be submitted via drop box at any Florida Lottery office or mailed to any Florida Lottery office for processing.
  • Prizes of $599 and below can be claimed at any Florida Lottery retailer.

 

Secured drop boxes are located at each Lottery district office for players to drop off winning tickets along with a completed Winner Claim Form and a copy of an acceptable form of identification. The drop boxes are accessible Monday – Friday during normal business hours. No appointment is needed to access the drop box. For more information on the documentation needed to claim a prize, visit www.flalottery.com/howToClaim.

During this time, the Lottery continues to encourage all players to practice safe play by not going out solely to purchase Lottery tickets; utilizing the Advance Play option when purchasing Draw game tickets; using the Lottery’s new mobile app or the self ticket scanner at retail locations instead of handing a ticket to a clerk to check if it’s a winner; and following the CDC’s recommended social distancing practices and safety guidelines to keep a healthy distance when in public. Additionally, the Lottery urges players to protect themselves and others by following Florida’s One Goal One Florida initiative to fight COVID-19 by washing hands, social distancing, wearing a mask, and protecting the vulnerable.

Health and safety are important to us. For additional safety tips and the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Florida, visit www.floridahealthcovid19.com.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $37 billion to enhance education and sending more than 840,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $71 billion in prizes and made nearly 3,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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Establishing Trust: Introducing the WLA Security Control Standard 2020

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (September 14, 2020) - This week the WLA Security and Risk Management Committee (SRMC) has been working to finalize the 2020 version of the WLA Security Control Standard (WLA-SCS:2020), which is soon to be launched, pending approval by the delegates of the WLA General Meeting in October. The new standard will help WLA members give assurance to all their stakeholders that security is, and remains, one of their highest priorities. Alongside the work we have done on the standard, I thought it would be useful to write a series of blog posts explaining some of the new controls and their significance and offer some considerations in their implementation. The blog posts will appear in the coming days under the subheading, “Introducing the WLA Security Control Standard 2020”.

In this first post we’ll have a look at a new control in Annex A, section G.2, on personnel security. This new control calls for WLA members to:

 

have a policy and process for establishing trust in individuals that could impact the integrity of games through security vetting. There shall be an associated policy and process for implementing monitoring of the system activity of personnel to detect and investigate activity that might impact game integrity. These policies shall balance an individual’s right to privacy with the obligation of the lottery to protect the integrity of the games.”

 

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Why is this important and why have we introduced this new control? Perhaps noted Dutch Economist, Bart Nooteboom expressed it best when he said: “Trust in things or people entails the willingness to submit to the risk that they may fail us, with the expectation that they will not, or the neglect of lack of awareness of that possibility that they might.

Everyone needs to be able to trust those that work at the lottery in order to operate with the utmost integrity. Best practice would therefore include vetting and background checks for past criminal activity, significant financial debt, or similar character indicators, both prior to and throughout employment with the lottery.

Whilst trusting colleagues by default is important, best practices would also advocate a “trust but verify” principle, whereby activity that could impact game integrity is closely monitored to supplement any preventative controls that might be in place. Such monitoring programs are not easy to setup and an effective monitoring program is much more than merely collecting a few log files and asking someone to review them periodically. In most jurisdictions any monitoring of colleagues to protect the integrity of the lottery has to be balanced carefully against a colleague’s legal right to privacy. There has to be a good understanding of what the risks are and how they could materialize, to make sure the right logs are generated and collected. The security team should also know how to identify anything that might merit further investigation. A solid personnel security program is a collaboration between security, HR, and the organization’s legal function. It should also include other disciplines such as psychology and data science.

For more information on WLA-SCS:2020, we will be conducting a series or webinars in October. The webinars will highlight the standard's new features and outline its many improvements as compared to its predecessor WLA-SCS:2016. Details on the webinars will be announced in the coming days.

David Boda

Head of Information Security for Camelot and member of the WLA SRMC

SOURCE: World Lottery Association.

 

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Florida Lottery Celebrates Responsible Gaming Education Week

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (September 15, 2020) — The Florida Lottery joins the American Gaming Association (AGA), North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), the World Lottery Association (WLA), and other industry partners to celebrate Responsible Gaming Education Week, September 13-19, 2020.

Responsible gaming is an integral part of the Florida Lottery’s daily operations. Florida Lottery Chief of Staff Samantha Ferrin said, “We make it a priority to educate our players and employees year-round on what it means to play responsibly.

As part of this initiative we launched an award-winning website earlier this year called the Player’s Guide, which offers essential resources on how to play and win responsibly.”

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Florida Lottery games are designed to be a fun, low-cost form of entertainment with the added benefit of generating additional revenue for Florida’s students and schools. The Lottery encourages all players to practice responsible gaming by following these tips designed to help players make informed decisions throughout their Lottery experience:

  • NEVER think of the Lottery as a way to make money
  • ALWAYS play within your means and set a budget
  • NEVER chase your losses
  • ALWAYS know when to ask for help
  • NEVER play when you are upset or depressed

 

The Florida Lottery has an ongoing commitment to promoting responsible gaming and holds Responsible Gaming Certifications from WLA, NASPL, and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, the Florida Lottery encourages you to contact the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) at 1-888-ADMIT-IT, or the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700 for confidential help.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $37 billion to enhance education and sending more than 840,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $71 billion in prizes and made nearly 3,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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Loto-Québec Presents Results in Line with Its Budget Target for the 2019–2020 Fiscal Year

MONTRÉAL, Quebec (September 15, 2020) – Loto-Québec’s 2019-2020 Annual Report was tabled today in the National Assembly. Loto-Québec’s total revenues reached $2.741 billion. The consolidated net income of $1.353 billion surpassed the budget target by $58.1 million (+4.5%) despite the fact that the Corporation ceased almost all of its activities as of mid-March.

 

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"It’s important to note that, if it weren’t for our establishments and video lottery terminals in bars having to shut down, and sales at lottery retailers having to be suspended, our financial results would have been at the same level as the previous fiscal year. In addition, thanks to our efficient management, we were once again able to reduce our total expenses, which saw a $14.7 million, or 1.6%, decrease," said Lynne Roiter, President and CEO of Loto-Québec.

 

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Lotteries: revenues of $929.4 million

The lottery sector showed excellent results despite points of sale having to shut down on March 20, which had an impact on revenues. Loto-Québec awarded the biggest prize in its history, $70 million, to a family from the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches regions in February 2020.

 

Casinos and gaming halls: revenues of $963.7 million

The sector saw an increase in revenues, stemming in part from the transfer of gaming halls to the Société des casinos du Québec (SCQ). Furthermore, this increase was impacted by the shutdown of land-based casinos and gaming halls on March 13, although this did not prevent the sector from achieving its objectives. The teams’ strong performance also made it possible to deliver a unique and varied entertainment experience that appealed to customers.

 

 Gaming establishments: revenues of $872.6 million

The gaming establishment sector, which includes video lottery terminals (VLTs) in bars, bingo halls and Kinzo halls, saw a decrease in revenues, mainly due to the transfer of gaming halls to the SCQ and the shutdown of VLTs on March 14. Excluding these impacts, revenues in this sector have been stable, although there is a decline in places where VLTs have been removed.

 

Online gaming: revenues of $135.9 million

The revenues generated by lotoquebec.com are included in both the lottery and casino portions of the financial results. Many new products, such as instant games and virtual sports, were added this year.

 

Responsible gambling

For the third time, the Corporation saw its World Lottery Association Level 4 Certification—the highest level awarded for responsible gambling—renewed, a testament to the quality of its responsible gambling measures.

 

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Agility and innovation

During this ongoing pandemic, the Corporation demonstrated its ability to be agile and innovative by effectively adapting to this unprecedented and ever-changing situation. It acted quickly and responded to the challenges posed by the public health crisis by prioritizing the health and well-being of its customers and employees.

 

Solidarity

As a show of solidarity with Quebecers, Loto-Québec implemented various measures, including donating $1 million to the Moisson du Québec, donating disinfectant and masks to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, and reopening the Casino de Montréal’s and Casino du Lac-Leamy’s kitchens to prepare more than 50,000 meals a week for those in need as part of a project with La Tablée des Chefs. Loto-Québec also continued to sponsor events and festivals despite their cancellation.

 

50th anniversary

The end of 2019 marked Loto-Québec’s 50th anniversary. This important milestone was an opportunity to highlight how far the organization has come in providing first-rate entertainment in a safe environment for the greater benefit of all.

 

The 2019–2020 annual report [in French only, PDF – 8.2 MB] is available on Loto-Québec’s website. The English version will be available at a later date.

SOURCE: Loto-Québec.

 

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IGT Sole Gaming Industry Supplier with Three Wins in Casino Journal's 2020 "Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products Awards"

IGT earns three positions on esteemed 20-product list with victories for Hexbreaker® 3 game, PeakBarTop™ cabinet and PlaySports Bank and PlaySports Pod

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LONDON, U.K. (September 17, 2020) -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) announced today that its Hexbreaker 3 slots game, PeakBarTop cabinet and PlaySports Bank and PlaySports Pod were all winners of Casino Journal's 2020 "Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products Awards." IGT was the only gaming supplier to win three positions on the esteemed 20-product list of gaming innovations.

IGT announced today that its Hexbreaker 3 slots game, PeakBarTop cabinet and PlaySports Bank and PlaySports Pod were all winners of Casino Journal’s 2020 “Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Product Awards.”

In its 23rd year, Casino Journal's annual award program recognizes the most innovative technology offerings in the gaming industry and is judged by a panel of accomplished professionals representing varied dimensions of the casino gaming sector.

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"IGT's success in Casino Journal's 2020 'Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products Awards' is a reflection of our pioneering spirit and commitment to developing and delivering growth-driving solutions for our customers worldwide," said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO, Global Gaming. "IGT's Hexbreaker 3 game, PeakBarTop cabinet and PlaySports Bank and PlaySports Pod are all research-backed solutions that were created by talented and passionate IGT team members who prioritize advancing the player experience through meaningful innovation."

IGT's Hexbreaker 3 is an action-packed Proven Performer video slots game that is available on the Company's CrystalCurve™ cabinet. With innovative game mechanics and up to 59,049 ways to win, IGT's Hexbreaker 3 has become a player-favorite slots game and consistently tops well-respected gaming industry performance charts.

Earlier this year, IGT launched the PeakBarTop cabinet and redefined the bartop experience. Equipped with a 23-inch curved display and range of other tech-advanced features, the research-backed hardware is supported by the industry's most recognizable video poker content library and a range of new and proven slots, keno and table games.

IGT's PlaySports Bank and PlaySports Pod provide operators immense flexibility for how and where they offer retail sports betting. Both solutions feature three intuitive, self-service betting kiosks and are topped with high-definition multi-media displays that can showcase a variety of content including live sporting events, betting odds, lines, gameday feeds and more.

For more information, go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/IGTnews, or watch IGT videos on YouTube at youtube.com/igt.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We deliver entertaining and responsible gaming experiences for players across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Sports Betting and Digital. Leveraging a wealth of compelling content, substantial investment in innovation, player insights, operational expertise, and leading-edge technology, our solutions deliver unrivaled gaming experiences that engage players and drive growth. 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 approximately 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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