Kentucky Lottery Designated as One of the Best Places to Work in the
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (March 29, 021)
-- The Kentucky Lottery Corporation has been named as one of the Best Places to
Work in Kentucky.
The designation comes from an annual
program presented by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for
Human Resource Management and the Best Companies Group.
The program is intended to motivate
Kentucky companies to focus, measure and move their workplace environments
The Kentucky Lottery was awarded the
highly coveted designation in the medium-sized company category for
organizations with 150 to 499 employees.
The award is given based on results
of an employee survey of workplace satisfaction and an evaluation of policies,
practices, and demographics.
This is only the second time the
Kentucky Lottery has received this honor. The organization previously received
this designation in 2005.
Weve worked hard to
create an atmosphere that is a great place to work while at the same time
shattering sales records, said Kentucky Lottery president and CEO Mary
Those two goals can
successfully coexist, and were now an example of that. The best interest
of our employees has always been top of mind for us as weve navigated the
challenging times of the last year, and its reaffirming to see our
employees appreciating what weve been able to accomplish.
The Kentucky Lottery has earned over
$5.8 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989. KLC dividends pay for
college scholarships, grants and education programs.
Visit kheaa.com to find out more
about grants and scholarships paid for by the KLC.
SOURCE: The Kentucky Lottery
15 Years of Fun Raises $8 Billion for Education in North
RALEIGH North Carolina (March 29,
2021) -- North Carolinians got their first chance to play the lottery 15 years
ago on Tuesday March 30, 2006 − and since then the fun and games
have raised $8 billion for education programs in North Carolina.
At the current level of sales, the
lottery raises on average $2 million a day for education.
Mark Michalko, executive director of
the lottery, said the lotterys record of success results directly from
the strong support of North Carolinians who enjoy playing lottery games and
winning prizes while at the same time helping a good cause − public
Every ticket that is purchased
provides money for education, Michalko said. Were proud to
play our part in supporting our students and schools and will work to continue
this success for the next 15 years.
This year, based on allocations made
by the N.C. General Assembly, the money raised by the lottery supports the
costs of school workers in all school systems; helps to build and repair
schools in all 100 counties; helps to make college more affordable to students
attending state universities and community colleges, supports the NC Pre-K
program for at-risk four-year-olds, and helps cover the costs of school
transportation. And under a new school construction program created four years
ago, 30 counties in North Carolina have received grants of $10 million to $15
million to help build new schools.
Here are some highlights of the
lotterys first15 years:
- About 95 cents of every dollar spent on a lottery
ticket cycles back into the states economy as either a prize, earnings
for education, or a sales commission to a retailer.
- The most popular games are instant games with a
total of 762 different scratch-off tickets so far.
- The lottery holds the highest level of responsible
gaming certification recognized internationally and was the 4th U.S. lottery
and the youngest at that time to meet the requirements for the
- Total prizes won add up to an estimated $18
billion, including seven Powerball or Mega Million jackpot wins ranging from
$12 million to $344.6 million.
- More than 7,100 retail locations across North
Carolina, including some of the states most well-known retail brands,
sell lottery tickets. Thats up from up 5,000 the day the lottery
- With $3 billion in annual revenues, the lottery has
grown into one of the state's most successful sales and marketing
SOURCE: North Carolina Education
Pollard Banknote Recognized by the Globe and Mails Women Lead
Here Benchmark of Executive Gender Diversity
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, March 30, 2021
/CNW/ Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote)
is pleased to announce that it has earned a spot on the 2021 Report on Business
Women Lead Here list, an annual list that identifies Canadian companies at the
forefront of gender diversity, as determined by female representation in
The Women Lead Here initiative was
established in 2020 by Report on Business magazine, published by The Globe and
Mail, to identify companies that have achieved, or are nearing gender parity in
executive positions, ultimately inspiring meaningful transformations in the
business landscape. The program applies a proprietary research methodology to
determine Canadian corporations with the highest degree of gender diversity
among executive ranks, including CEO, C-suite, and Executive or Senior Vice
President levels. In 2020, more than 40% of Pollard Banknotes Vice
President leadership roles and above across all departments were held by women,
making it one of the honourees of the program.
Pollard Banknotes female
executives have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the lottery industry
that helped propel its growth and success. For instance, Jennifer Westbury,
Executive Vice President, Sales & Customer Development, was inducted into
the Public Gaming Research Institutes Lottery Industry Hall of Fame,
recognizing her strategic direction and leadership as a member of the executive
committee. Jennifer has been at the forefront of Pollard Banknotes
sixteenfold growth during her 30 years with the company. Further, Riva Richard,
Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary, was recently
shortlisted for In-House Counsel/Legal Team of the Year at the VIXIO
GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2020 for her contributions to the
iLottery industry. Margaret Proven, Executive Vice President, Human Resources,
is the newest addition to Pollard Banknotes executive team. Margaret is
responsible for building and coaching teams with a focus on driving performance
and creating an intuitive and productive workplace.
We are honoured to be
recognized by The Globe and Mail on its Women Lead Here benchmark report,
said Doug Pollard, Co‐Chief Executive Officer of Pollard Banknote.
As a company that has always been committed to maintaining a diverse
workforce, we take great pride in celebrating the women in leadership positions
across Pollard Banknote who have been instrumental in accelerating our
evolution and growth curve throughout the years.
To determine the 2021 Women Lead
Here ranking, Report on Business conducted a journalistic analysis of nearly
500 large publicly traded Canadian companies. Each company has been evaluated
for its ratio of female-identifying to male-identifying executives in the top
three tiers of executive leadership. The resultant data was then applied to a
weighted formula and combined with other factors such as company performance,
diversity, and year-to-year change.
A total of 71 companies earned the
2021 Women Lead Here seal, with a combined average of 44% of executive roles
held by female-identifying individuals.
The full list of 2021 Women Lead
Here honourees can be found in the April issue of Report on Business magazine,
online now at tgam.ca/WomenLeadHere.
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
Compliant Gaming electronic games and devices to charitable and other gaming
markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned
approximately 64.3% by the Pollard family and 35.7% by public shareholders, and
is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our
website at www.pollardbanknote.com.
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer,
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
GAMING1 Renews with Maxima Compliance
BELGIUM (March 29, 2021) - Casino
and sportsbook technology partner GAMING1 has renewed its partnership with
Maxima Compliance for bespoke compliance support across its range of
GAMING1 and Maxima Compliance have
agreed terms on a 12-month extension to the original arrangement, which sees
Maxima providing a full suite of compliance services.
Maxima runs a customised compliance
watch on behalf of GAMING1 which is specific to its products, markets and
verticals. It includes regular monthly updates, real-time updates in line with
compliance developments and other support services.
GAMING1 COO & Co-Founder Sylvain
Boniver said: Our success across a number of different regulated markets
is in no small part down to the world-class compliance support we receive from
The Maxima team has
unparalleled expertise in this field and has worked hard in not only supporting
our products and customers, but also upskilling our team.
With compliance more important than
ever, it was a simple decision to renew our partnership with Maxima Compliance
for another year.
Maxima Compliance CEO Antonio Zanghi
said: Weve been impressed by how GAMING1 values innovation across
its business and are proud to be supporting its compliance function in this
The company has been a
pleasure to work with, always open to new approaches and keen to learn how best
to integrate compliance operations across its business and strategy.
We look forward to developing this
crucial area further over the coming year.
The Florida Lottery Hits Record Education
A $39 Billion Win for
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (March 30,
2021) The Florida Lottery (Lottery) announced today that it has reached
$39 billion in contributions to the states Educational Enhancement Trust
Fund (EETF), just five months after reaching the $38 billion milestone!
This is a huge win for both
our students and our schools, said Florida Lottery Secretary John F.
Davis. As Secretary, providing funding so that every student in Florida
has access to a quality education and the opportunity to better themselves is
something that I hold near and dear to my heart because I know that a quality
education can change lives from acceptable to exceptional.
I am inspired everyday by the level
of devotion each and every Lottery employee shares when it comes to creating
fun and entertaining games for the enhancement of education in Florida, and I
look forward to what the future holds.
The Lottery has experienced
double-digit growth for nine consecutive months this fiscal year, with total
sales to date 22.28%, or $1.207 billion, higher than the same period last year.
These increased sales translate into record education contributions. In
January, the Lotterys EETF transfers exceeded $269 million the
largest contribution to the EETF in the Lotterys 33-year history, beating
the January 2016 transfer during the world-record $1.58 billion POWERBALL
jackpot series by $31 million! With an average of more than $5.9 million
transferred to education a day, futures are looking brighter for
The benefits of these Lottery
dollars flow from community to community from the Panhandle to the Keys.
Since 1988, the Lottery has established itself as a committed and dependable
funding source for public education, contributing more than $1 billion annually
for the past 19 consecutive years while remaining one of the most efficiently
operated Lotteries in the country.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $39 billion to education and sending more than
880,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The
Florida Lottery reinvests 99 percent of its revenue back into Floridas
economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Lottery
retailers, and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have
paid more than $73.2 billion in prizes and made nearly 3,000 people
millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Massachusetts Lottery is Modernizing Its Season Ticket
MASSACHUSETTS (March 25, 2021) --
The Lottery is modernizing our Season Ticket program to create a more
convenient and secure process for consumers that is consistent with our
commitment to being eco-friendly.
As a result, please note the
following changes to Season Ticket purchases and renewals, effective April 4,
- Season Tickets will no longer be available for
purchase at retail locations, regional claim centers, or by mail
- All Season Ticket purchases and renewals must be
made online or by phone
- The only methods of payment for Season Tickets will
be credit card, debit card, or eCheck
- Paper checks and cash will no longer be accepted
- 52-week subscriptions for all games will be
To renew or purchase a Season
Ticket, visit www.masslottery.com/about/season_tickets or call nCourt at (781)
519-7244 Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Out-of-state orders will be accepted
for Megabucks Doubler and Mass Cash, with a $13 shipping fee applied. We
are unable to process out-of-state orders for multi-state games (Powerball,
Mega Millions, and Lucky for Life).
Starting July 19, 2021, Lucky for
Life will become a daily game. How the game is played and the prize structure
will remain the same. As a result of this change, Lucky for Life Season Tickets
are temporarily unavailable for purchase. In July, Lucky for Life Season Ticket
sales for 13-week and 26-week periods will resume.
Starting August 23, 2021, Powerball
will be drawn three nights a week: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. How the game
is played and the prize structure will remain the same. As a result of this
change, Powerball Season Tickets will temporarily be unavailable for purchase
after April 3, 2021. In August, Powerball Season Ticket sales for 13-week and
26-week periods will resume.
When 52-week subscriptions are once
again available for purchase, we will provide an update.
For general questions about Season
Tickets, please call (800) 222-8587 Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. or email us at email@example.com.
SOURCE: Massachusetts Lottery.
EL/WLA Sports Betting Webinar - From Pandemic to
BRUSSELS, Belgium (March 31, 2021) -
The global pandemic affected the Sports betting operations of EL and WLA
Members drastically. It pushed operators to go even more digital and to explore
multi-channel opportunities as well as new developments such as e-sports
betting. This all while maintaining the highest level of sports integrity.
Forging a closer collaboration to
safeguard sport integrity
The opening Keynote by World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Witold Banka, former Olympic athlete,
proposed closer collaboration with national lotteries to protect sport
integrity. For Mr Banka, sport is a light of hope in a cynical
world, which is unique and should be protected by all. With 22
years of expertise in the global anti-doping mission, WADA, an international
independent agency composed and funded equally by the Sports Movement and
Governments of the world, highlighted how it could apply its experience
The pandemics impact on
With suspended and cancelled events
and tournaments, discussions during the webinar highlighted the re-emergence of
ghost and fake games, pressure on friendly games, lower leagues, and new
sports. Esports and online tournaments took off during the pandemic. Limited
travel opportunities brought a digitalisation of the competition manipulation
and the targeted and intrusive social media approaches.
The sports betting market has
evolved during the pandemic with implications for all stakeholders. Reduced
governmental income might affect sport in a short future, notably grassroots
sport and the cancellation of sport events, reduced sponsorship and
broadcasting income will also play a part. There could be a considerable impact
on membership organisations.
Online sports betting offerings were
the big winner of COVID-19. However, retail oriented lotteries as many of the
EL and WLA members are, resisted the pandemic seemingly better than
There were increased difficulties
for sport in general and sports betting in particular because of match fixing.
The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) reported during the webinar that
sport integrity has become an important issue for betting operators and for
sport. The world wide lockdowns also changed gambling habits with new player
groups discovering the new digital opportunities.
Lessons learnt and looking
Due to the lack of sports betting
opportunities during the pandemic, operators have been offering betting
opportunities on unusual competitions, which in turn has triggered an increase
in financial vulnerabilities and betting corruption risks. Hence, there is the
need for specific types of investigations, increased vigilant monitoring and
closer cooperation with the law enforcement and sports sectors. Monitoring and
Intelligence should remain high on the agenda. Contributors of Interpol, UEFA
and IOC expressed these actions for upcoming international sporting events.
CONTACT: Lucy Lenaers-Mathieson,
Communications Officer, European Lotteries, M +32 470 84 75 73, Email:
SOURCE: European Lotteries.
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Names iGaming Innovator
Joe Bunevith as Director of Client Solutions
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (March 31, 2021)
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has named iGaming innovator
and leader Joe Bunevith as the companys Director of Client Solutions. In
his role, he will work closely with GLIs sales, compliance and
engineering teams on issues relating to new technologies, client onboarding,
new jurisdictions, and business solutions.
Bunevith has extensive experience in
developing fantasy sports online game platforms. Most recently, he served as
Director of Interactive Gaming for Synergy Blue in Las Vegas, where he was
responsible for hiring engineering staff, building product roadmaps, and
developing technical requirements.
He has also served as Director of
Product at Z4 Poker, as COO/Product Owner for FastFantasy, as Director of
Fantasy Games at BAM Software, and Founder/COO of DeucesCracked.com.
He has overseen product launches in
Facebook App Center, Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Steam Online Game
Bunevith will report to GLIs
VP Government Relations & General Counsel Kevin Mullally who is excited
about the skills Bunevith brings to GLI: Joes experience in sports
betting and online delivery channels will be a valuable addition to our team of
experts that are responding to the rapid adoption of sports betting and mobile
gaming technology. He is an excellent communicator and will be useful resource
for our regulatory clients, suppliers and operators.
GLI President and CEO James Maida
also welcomed his arrival, and said, Joes technical acumen,
especially relating to the way products are taking advantage of omnichannel
distribution and digital payment solutions, will be invaluable for our clients.
He will be at the forefront of our efforts to work with regulators on efficient
risk control strategies for the next era of gaming technology, while delivering
superior value and customer service to the industry.
Discover a world of opportunity at
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC is committed to delivering the highest quality land-based, lottery, and
iGaming testing and assessment services around the world. GLI provides
suppliers, operators, and regulators with expert guidance for navigating the
future of gaming and ensuring gaming innovations meet regulatory standards with
confidence. Since 1989, GLI has certified nearly 2 million items and has tested
equipment for more than 480 jurisdictions. GLI has a global network of
laboratory locations across six continents, with U.S. and international
accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC standards for technical competence
in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. GLI was named Best
Laboratory in the SAGSE Awards 2020, Best Test Lab in the
Baltics, and Best Test Lab in the Nordics in the Baltic and
Scandinavian Gaming Awards 2020. For more information, visit
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220, E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Atlantic Lotterys ProLine Achieves Record-Breaking Sales
Following 2021 Super Bowl
MONCTON, N.B. (March 26, 2021)
Atlantic Lotterys sports betting brand ProLine has been
shattering sales records all winter long, culminating with this years
Super Bowl Sunday saw bettors place
$861,000 in wagers, a 48 per cent increase over ProLines previous
single-day sales record of $583,000. For that seven-day reporting period,
ProLine achieved its first $2-million sales week, along with its first
$1-million internet sales week. The $2-million sales week was a 54 per cent
increase over the previous record of $1.3 million in sales attained during the
week of the 2020 Super Bowl.
While the Super Bowl was a major
betting event that contributed to the record sales week, the real driver of
success was the modernization of the ProLine experience both online and
at retail locations just over two years ago.
Prior to the launch of
ProLines new mobile responsive website, digital sales made up only
16 per cent of all sports betting revenue. Thanks to a player-friendly online
interface designed around player feedback, matched with QR capability for
easier transactions at retail, nearly 70 per cent of all sales are now digital.
In just over two years, ProLine nearly doubled an online customer base
that had taken 14 years to build to that point. Per capita, Atlantic Lottery
ranks first for active online sports bettors in Canada.
ProLine was also integrated
into Atlantic Lotterys new mobile app experience in December 2020,
contributing to an even larger sales lift moving into 2021.
We eliminated many competitive
gaps with our offerings to complement the changes to our site, making sure that
players had an attractive, legal and regulated alternative to unlicensed
offshore operators, said Scott Eagles, manager of sports betting for
Atlantic Lottery. Some players still lacked awareness of how much
weve evolved, so we also launched what has been a highly effective ad
campaign to reimage our brand.
Projections suggest ProLine
will set a new fiscal sales record, with a 70 per cent lift in online revenue
over the previous year a particularly impressive accomplishment
considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sporting schedule for
large portions of the past 12 months.
We listened to our players
about whats important to them and created our own sports betting
experience with highly skilled resources right here at Atlantic Lottery,
Eagles said. Our success shows no signs of slowing anytime soon, but that
wont stop us from making more improvements and striving to please our
player base even further.
CONTACT: Lindsay Meekins, Atlantic
Lottery Public Relations Strategist, (506) 867-5800 ext. 5840, E:
SOURCE: Atlantic Lottery
ALDI to Offer the National Lottery Across All UK
UNITED KINGDOM (March 29, 2021) --
Aldi is working with National Lottery operator Camelot to bring The National
Lottery to all of Aldis 900 UK stores for the first time.
From next month, Aldi will be
rolling out the National Lotterys full raft of draw-based games at its
checkouts so customers can easily and conveniently pick up their tickets when
doing their food shop.
Lucky Dip tickets for Lotto,
EuroMillions, Lotto HotPicks, EuroMillions HotPicks, Set For Life and
Thunderball games will be available at its checkouts.
The UK launch follows a successful
trial in the north of England, with all Aldi supermarkets in the UK set to
start selling The National Lottery at checkouts by the end of June 2021.
Richard Thornton, Communications
Director at Aldi, said: Customers will now be able to enter The National
Lottery while doing their weekly Aldi shop.
We hope to hand out some
winning numbers to lucky customers across the country.
The National Lottery generates more
than £30 million, on average, each week for good causes and projects
throughout the UK. This money goes to everything from supporting food banks and
repairing local Scout huts, through to helping make Olympic and Paralympic
Jenny Blogg, Retail Director at
Camelot, said: Were absolutely delighted to now be working with
Aldi. Making The National Lottery available in its stores has been a priority
for us as we continue to make playing The National Lottery as convenient and
easy as possible for people, wherever and however they shop.
Were pleased that Aldi
customers will now have a quick, easy and convenient way to purchase their
favourite National Lottery games, while at the same time contributing to the
£30 million that goes to National Lottery Good Causes each and every
week. We certainly hope therell be plenty of lucky tickets bought in Aldi
stores across the UK.
SOURCE: Camelot Group.co.uk.
Leading Spanish Supplier Gains Valuable Malta
SPAIN (March 26, 2021) -- R. Franco
Digital, R. Franco Groups digital division, has landed the highly prized
acquisition of its Critical Gaming Supply Licence from the Malta Gaming
The licence caps a period of growth
and development right across Europe for the rapidly growing provider, which has
recently expanded its content offering with multiple tier one operators across
R. Francos extensive catalogue
of innovative and engaging slots includes Time Lab, Fortune Jungle and Book of
Fruits, with the Spanish supplier also boasting a wealth of innovative,
polished new games currently in development.
In addition, its newly launched
omni-channel IRIS 4.0 platform is integrated with over 40 providers across
sports and casino, including R. Franco Digitals in-house games.
Now armed with the MGA licence, R.
Franco Digital can provide its content to Malta-based operators, with a number
of tier-one brands lined up for new partnerships in the coming months.
The certification also acts to
further expand the footprint of R. Franco Digital as it continues to expand its
presence in regulated markets globally.
Javier Sacristán Franco,
Director of R. Franco Digital, said: As the most established gaming
company in Spain, we have enjoyed substantial growth through partnerships with
allies who share our vision of creating truly innovative and tailored products
With the MGA licence now under
our belt, we are excited to begin a new phase where we can form new alliances
and offer our games to a wider number of European players than ever
Mario Benito Campo, Commercial
Director at R. Franco Digital said: From the Commercial and Operations
Department of R. Franco Digital, we are very proud to have obtained our
Critical Gaming Supply Licence from the Malta Gaming Authority. This milestone
is a great opportunity to expand our markets.
SOURCE: R. Franco Group | R. Franco
Camelot Doubles Up on Awards At The CCA Excellence Awards
Camelot's Two Award
Nominations Garner Two Awards
U.K. (March 25, 2021) -- Camelot,
the operator of The National Lottery, has been recognised for its outstanding
customer service over the last year with two awards at the CCA Excellence
CCA, a leading industry body for
customer services in the UK, holds the annual awards ceremony (virtually this
year) to celebrate and recognise achievements in customer service
More than 150 shortlisted nominees
were up for awards across more than 20 categories, with Camelot taking home
both awards for which it was nominated representing a fantastic
achievement for the National Lottery operator, winning two awards from a
Camelot won the Gold award in the
Excellence in Skills, Learning and Development category, which
looked at how companies train and empower their customer-facing teams to
provide the best service possible.
This was followed up with the Silver
award in the Outstanding Home Working Programme category a
new award which recognises the effort required to move a customer service
function from working in the office to working at home, while delivering the
same standard of service and experience.
Paul Lambert, Camelots Head of
Customer Operations, said: Im really proud of our Customer
Operations team and everything weve managed to achieve over this past
year. It hasnt been easy the pandemic gave us unique challenges,
but we responded exceptionally well to maintain our high standards of operation
for The National Lottery. Were really pleased that our hard work has been
recognised with two awards in the CCA Excellence Awards 2021.
This is even more important
given that our customer service teams play a vital role in assisting National
Lottery players and retail partners day in, day out helping The National
Lottery to continue raising around £30 million each and every week for
Anne Marie Forsyth, CCA
Globals Chief Executive, said: Camelot is committed to going above
and beyond to deliver the best service possible to their customers and CCA is
delighted the business has been recognised in this way. We are coming to the
end of one of the most challenging years ever; the team should be very proud of
what they have achieved over the past 12 months. We know they will continue to
raise the bar and champion customer service excellence in the months ahead."