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Vol. 95 No.4A - Monday April 26, 2021

 

 

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"Selling Dreams: Lottery Marketing During and After COVID-19" - May 4, 5 and 6

 

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CÓRDOBA, Argentina (April 21, 2021) -- With challenges come opportunities. As the world embraces the "new normal," lotteries continue to adapt their marketing campaigns and strategies in innovative and novel ways.

The 2021 EL / WLA / NASPL Marketing Webinar takes stock of the current situation, lessons learned from the largest global health crisis in modern history and reflects on how to navigate through the post-COVID-19 period.

Together with lottery professionals, industry leaders and experts from different national markets around the world, this year's Annual Marketing Seminar will assess what has become and what has not become ' the norm 'for lottery marketing, new pandemic consumer habits and how to implement them.

Lotteries have already put in place many efficient and creative responses to the pandemic to save and secure their businesses. With new trends and innovations on our radars, this webinar is the right place to discuss and understand how to plan for a recovery and where to find opportunities and growth. As we say, the greater the challenge, the greater the opportunity for growth!

In this year's new virtual setup, participants have the opportunity to join the webinar for three consecutive days (May 4, 5, and 6, more information and member-only registration, here).

The creativity and imagination of lottery salespeople is that fresh air we've all been longing for!

SOURCE: A.L.E.A.

 

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International Game Technology PLC Announces Upcoming Departure of Beatrice H. Bassey from Board of Directors

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LONDON, April 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 20, 2021, Beatrice H. Bassey notified International Game Technology PLC (the "Company") of her intention not to stand for re-election as a member of the Company's Board of Directors. Ms. Bassey will serve out her remaining term and will depart from the Company's Board of Directors and its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee effective immediately after the conclusion of the Company's annual general meeting of shareholders (the "AGM") to be held on May 11, 2021. Ms. Bassey has advised the Company that her intent not to stand for re-election is due to other professional commitments, as well as challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Bassey further advised the Company that it was a privilege to work alongside the terrific Board and talented and dedicated staff of the Company, and that she remains supportive of the Company's operations, policies and strategy.

 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.

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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 11,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

As a result, the proposed resolution for her continued appointment to the Board of Directors (resolution number 5) which was included in the notice of AGM and proxy materials distributed to shareholders on April 1, 2021, and which can be found in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.igt.com, is now withdrawn. The withdrawal of resolution number 5 does not otherwise affect the validity of the notice of AGM, the proxy form or any proxy votes already submitted on other proposed resolutions. The numbering of all other proposed resolutions at the AGM will remain unchanged.

"On behalf of the IGT Board of Directors, I would like to thank Beatrice for her dedicated service and valuable contributions to the Board. We wish her well in her future endeavors," said Lorenzo Pellicioli, Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors.

The size of the Company's Board of Directors will be reduced to ten directors effective immediately after the conclusion of the Company's AGM on May 11, 2021.

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 11,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

 

CONTACT:

Phil O'Shaughnessy, Global Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada +1 (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada +1 (401) 392-7452

Francesco Luti, +39 3485475493; for Italian media inquiries

James Hurley, Investor Relations, +1 (401) 392-7190

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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Jason Barrs Joins Carmanah Signs as Vice President of Product Marketing

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CALGARY, Alberta, Canada (April 19, 2021) -- Carmanah Signs is excited to welcome digital lottery and omnichannel expert Jason Barrs to the team. Joining Carmanah as Vice President of Product Marketing, Barrs brings extensive lottery retail marketing experience to Carmanah’s customers and industry partners.

Barrs joins Carmanah from IGT, where he held the position of Senior Director of Technology Services, spending a total of 15 years in roles dedicated to technology, product marketing, and omnichannel product management. A lifelong learner with a passion for the intersection of business, technology, and marketing, Barrs is the perfect addition to Carmanah’s customer driven culture of innovation, collaboration, and retail transformation.

“Jason arrives at the perfect time. Digital sign marketing technologies are moving from early into mass adoption, and he will positively contribute to our customers’ retail digital transformation,” said Cameron Waldie, President & CEO, Carmanah Signs.

Consumers expect a digital retail environment. As the Lottery & Gaming Division of STRATACACHE, the world’s largest provider of intelligent digital signage and in-store marketing technology, Carmanah Signs combines a deep understanding of the lottery industry with globally leading retail optimization expertise - helping lotteries and their retailers engage with their various player segments and grow retail sales.

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“Jason’s knowledge, passion, and depth of experience will be a great asset to our lottery customers as retail environments continue to integrate more digital experiences,” said Maxwell Goldstein, Vice President of Sales – Americas, Carmanah Signs.

STRATACACHE, Carmanah’s parent company headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, continues to develop solutions that provide an enhanced, frictionless customer experience resulting in increased basket size. In the past year STRATACACHE has acquired three new U.S. based facilities and added several hundred highly technical jobs to the U.S. market, including a 1.4 million square foot factory in Oregon that is being equipped as a microLED display manufacturing facility.

“I am honored to join the Carmanah family and be part of their collaborative and innovative culture,” said Barrs. “The STRATACACHE R&D technologies under development here in the United States will be a significant game changer for customer engagement in lottery retail.”

About Carmanah Signs

Carmanah Signs is the Lottery & Gaming Division of STRATACACHE, the world’s leading provider of intelligent digital media and in-store marketing technology. Serving 55+ lotteries on four continents, Carmanah Signs has over 200,000 networked sign installations at lottery retailers worldwide.

A leading Lottery & Gaming supplier for over 20 years, Carmanah Signs offers a variety of products and services designed to help optimize the lottery retail experience and increase sales. The company’s offerings include digital signage content management and distribution software, media player and display hardware, interactive touch tablets, jackpot and gaming signs, and a complete suite of digital sign services including network hosting, network monitoring, content creation and scheduling, and specialized field services.

Learn more about Carmanah Signs at: www.carmanahsigns.com.

SOURCE: Carmanah Signs.

 

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FDJ Announces Its Stakes and Its Turnover for the 1Q of 2021

1st Quarter 2021 - Activity Well Oriented Despite the Environment Still Affected by the Health Crisis

  • Compared to the 1 st quarter of 2020: up + 12%, to 4.6 billion euros, and revenue up + 5%, to 0.5 billion euros
  • Compared to the 1 st quarter of 2019: up + 6% and revenue up + 4%
  • Continued strong growth in digital updates, network activity preserved despite the impact of health restrictions
  • Confirmed dynamism of sports betting, good performance of Loto and Euromillions

 

BOULOGNE, France (April 15, 2021) - the leading gambling operator in France, announces its stakes and its turnover for the 1st quarter of 2021.

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Stéphane Pallez, CEO of the FDJ group, declared: Despite an environment still affected by the health context, the first quarter confirms the good direction of our activities, with bets exceeding the levels recorded before the crisis. After reaching nearly 10% of activity in 2020, digital updates continue to grow at a high rate and network activity is holding up. The program of events for the lottery and a dense sports calendar, including the Euro football, should allow us to continue this dynamic in the months to come. "

As a preamble, the Group recalls that:

  • The measures taken by the French authorities to contain the Covid-19 epidemic affect its point-of-sale activity with:
    *** Nearly 10% of Group sales points, mostly bars, closed throughout the 1 st quarter of 2021 against the only second half of March 2020;
    *** A curfew, currently set at 7:00 p.m., and travel restrictions.
  • In 2020, the first period of confinement began on March 17. The sports betting offer began to shrink from March 7 until the overwhelming majority of sports competitions stopped in mid-March. The Amigo game was stopped by the Group on March 19.

 

In the 1st quarter of 2021 compared to the 1st quarter of 2019, FDJ recorded an increase of + 6% and a turnover increase of + 4%.

In the 1 st quarter of 2021 compared to the 1st quarter of 2020, FDJ recorded an increase of + 11.8%, to 4,591 million euros, and a turnover increase of + 5.2%, to 538 million euros.

Stakes recorded by FDJ in the 1 st quarter of 2021 amount to 4.6 billion euros, including:

  • Lottery stakes of 3.5 billion euros, up + 3.8% and more than + 10% excluding Amigo:
    --- Drawdowns amounted to €1.3 billion, up + 2.6% and more than + 20% excluding Amigo.
  • The closure of bars and strict sanitary measures limiting point-of-sale parking continue to have a significant impact on Amigo, whose stakes are down by more than 50%.
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  • Loto and Euromillions stakes, which grew by more than + 20%, benefited from several long cycles, notably Euromillions with a new record win of 210 million euros
  • Instant game wagers reached 2.1 billion euros, up + 4.6%. They benefited in particular from the good performance of launches and relaunches during the quarter.
  • A strong dynamic of digital lottery, up nearly 90%, driven by the increase of nearly 70% of the number of players compared to the 1st quarter of 2020. Thus, the digital record set almost double their weight in the lottery at nearly 12%. Beyond a favorable basis of comparison, the digital lottery benefits, in particular, from the diversification and enrichment of its offer and from the significant increase in its player base in 2020.
  • With a calendar of sporting events back to normal, sports betting stakes stood at 1.1 billion euros, up + 46.1%, driven by a high rate of return to players which favored reinvestment.
  • Stakes are increasing on all distribution channels:
  • + 5.7% at point of sale, to nearly 4 billion euros;
  • + 87.2% online, to nearly 0.6 billion euros, i.e. more than 12% of the Group's total stakes compared to more than 7% in the 1st quarter of 2020.

 

Player earnings stood at 3.1 billion euros, up nearly + 14%, for a return to players rate (TRJ) of 68.7%, compared to 67.5% in the 1st quarter 2020. The increase in the TRJ mainly reflects the greater relative weight of sports betting, for which the TRJ has recorded a strong increase, linked in particular to a succession of football matches won by the favourites.

Thus, the gross gaming product (PBJ = stakes - player winnings) came to 1.4 billion euros, up + 7.7%, and the net gaming revenue (PNJ = PBJ - public levies on games), grew by + 5.1%.

The turnover of the FDJ group came to 538 million euros (+ 5.2%).

General assembly

FDJ will hold its general assembly on June 16. Given the significant number of its shareholders, which does not allow it to guarantee compliance with physical distancing measures and the health safety of shareholders and employees in the event of an in situ general meeting, the Group has decided to hold it. behind closed doors and post it on its website.

Next Group financial communication

FDJ will publish its half-year results on July 29 after market close and will communicate its 2021 outlook as soon as possible.

 

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* The stakes are the stakes of the players and do not constitute the turnover of the FDJ group

** Mainly scratch cards (point of sale and online)

*** Digitized bids group together online and dematerialized bids at points of sale, i.e. using a digital service / application for their preparation, before registration by the retailer

 

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SOURCE: La Française des Jeux (FDJ).

 

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IGT Demonstrates Continued Video Lottery Leadership with Maryland Systems Agreement

Company to deploy its proven INTELLIGEN system as part of a seven-year contract with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission

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LONDON, U.K. (April 20, 2021) -- International Game Technology PLC (IGT) (NYSE: IGT) announced today that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation (hereinafter "IGT"), was awarded a long-term contract from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission to upgrade the video lottery central system that connects more than 11,500 video lottery terminals (VLTs) and electronic table games (ETGs) across the State's six casinos. The contract runs through September 2028 and includes the option to extend for up to an additional four years.

 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 11,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

IGT will install its enhanced INTELLIGEN™ video lottery central system software that supports the volume, complexity and security of monitoring and controlling every VLT and ETG in Maryland. The upgrade features sophisticated site controllers that will maintain network diagnostics and communications between all gaming machines, and will provide advanced business intelligence tools for easy, day-to-day operations management and reporting, and new disaster recovery technology.

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"IGT's INTELLIGEN system enables the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission to utilize advanced tools and industry-leading technology which is integral to the ongoing success of the VLT program," said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Gaming. "IGT has been the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission's trusted partner and the sole provider of its VLT systems since the State's first casino opened in 2010. Maryland's VLT program is robust, and we look forward to contributing to its continued success throughout the next decade."

As the leader in the regulated video lottery industry, IGT deploys its INTELLIGEN systems worldwide, connecting a wide range of VLTs in a variety of gaming environments. The software is built on IGT's more than 25 years of central systems experience and offers stable, secure command and control capabilities.

For more information about IGT, visit igt.com. Follow IGT on 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 11,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

CONTACTS:

Phil O'Shaughnessy, Global Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada +1 (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada +1 (401) 392-7452

Francesco Luti, +39 3485475493; for Italian media inquiries

James Hurley, Investor Relations, +1 (401) 392-7190

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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Abacus and Playport Announce Reseller Partnership

Delivering mobile digital lottery solutions through existing Point-of-Sale Systems

DALLAS, Texas and LONDON, United Kingdom (April 20, 2021) -  Abacus Solutions International Group (ABACUS), a global technology provider connecting lottery systems with both existing and new lottery retailers and  Playport Gaming Systems (PGS),  a mobile digital instant win software platform provider, announced a new partnership designed to supply lotteries and lottery retailers a digital game purchase and win redemption solution that seamlessly integrates with their existing point-of sale systems.  Abacus will act as an authorized distributor and reseller of Playport’s platform

“We are excited to expand our relationship with Abacus and provide another solution to their Lottery Everywhere Abacus Digital portfolio,” said Marina Bogard CEO, Playport.  “ The Abacus solution will allow for consumers to utilize their smartphone to purchase Powerball, Mega Millions and Instant Win games through the lottery retailers enabled registers.  This past year due to COVID, there  has been increased consumer demand for digital solutions.  Through our partnership, Abacus will deliver a digital benefit to lotteries, retailers and consumers.”

“This partnership with Playport is in line with Abacus’ vision of innovating and delivering solutions to lotteries and lottery retailers worldwide that not only improve sales and profit, but also provide players with new ways to purchase and play their favorite lottery games.” said Simon Butler, CEO Abacus. “We believe the future of lottery lies in the integration of both the lottery and retailer systems to enable frictionless purchase and gameplay everywhere lottery is sold and we have the full breadth of products to deliver the future today.”

 

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About ABACUS

Abacus – the gateway at the heart of connecting consumers, retailers and lotteries in the global market. With an established presence in Europe operating for the last six years Abacus is actively growing their market presence in North America. Abacus believes the future of lottery lies in integrating into the existing retailer and consumer infrastructures by providing a highly secure transaction gateway that enables all parties to work together and create mutual growth. The Abacus Fusion Platform sits at the heart of connecting consumers, retailers and lotteries, with the Abacus team managing integration from start to finish. Abacus is building long term relationships by working together to develop new and innovative solutions. We use cutting edge technology, created by forward thinking industry experts, the Abacus gateway enables lotteries and retailers to respond to the ever-changing consumer market with speed, agility, reliability and integrity. For more information visit: www.lotteryeverywhere.com.

About Playport Gaming Systems

Playport Gaming Systems LLC (“PGS”), digitally connect players with lottery retailers and casinos for the sale of instant win games. Through its patented Playport gaming technology, PGS provides a real money wagering and marketing software platform that allows lottery retailers and casinos to sell digital custom-designed and branded instant win games, that integrate seamlessly with their existing POS systems and digital properties. Players buy games and collect winnings at the lottery retailer or casino, but are able to play the games on their mobile device wherever, whenever they want.  Playport is regulatory compliant and all transactions take place at the lottery retailer or the casino, bringing more revenue, customer traffic and loyalty. Visit www.playport.com.

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MARINA BOGARD

Playport Gaming Systems

mbogard@playport.com

SIMON BUTLER

Abacus

Simon.butler@abacuslottery.com

 

SOURCES: Abacus Solutions International Group | Playport Gaming Systems LLC.

 

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Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica to Retire

Lottery Head Set to Leave Agency June 1

BALTIMORE, Maryland (April 15, 2021) – Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica announced on Thursday that he will be retiring from his position as the head of the Agency on June 1. Appointed by Governor Larry Hogan in 2015, Medenica has had notable success running the Agency, consistently setting revenue and profit records.  The fiscal year ending June 30 will be another all-time record for the Maryland Lottery.

“I feel incredibly fortunate for the many unique and wonderful experiences I have been afforded during my career,” said Medenica. “The lottery business is like no other. Where else can you raise important revenue for the state and its citizens -- while still having so much fun? I leave here with mixed emotions, but look forward to the next phase of my life.” Medenica added, “I feel especially fortunate to have worked for Governor Hogan for the past six years.  The Governor has been a great supporter of the Agency and its mission.”

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"This is truly a bittersweet announcement, as Marylanders have benefited tremendously from Gordon's leadership, but he has certainly earned his retirement after a long and distinguished career, said Governor Larry Hogan. “Gordon's commitment to customer service, and to honesty and integrity, have characterized his successful run at the helm of the agency. I am grateful to Gordon for his service, and wish him all the best."

Medenica’s breadth of experience includes management of three lotteries – New York, New Jersey and Maryland. He began his lottery career in 2007 as the Director of the New York Lottery, the country’s largest. During his time in New York, the lottery set all-time revenue records every year. Medenica authorized the initiative that prompted the U.S. Department of Justice to rescind its interpretation of the 1961 Wire Act, an action that led to the legalization of online lotteries in 2011. In addition to the lottery, Medenica also oversaw New York’s nine casinos and managed the successful selection process for the operator at New York City’s Aqueduct racetrack, which has become one of the world’s largest casinos.

Following his time in New York, Medenica was the transitional CEO of the Northstar New Jersey Lottery Group, which won the contract to manage sales, marketing and related functions for the New Jersey Lottery.  He remains the only director to have managed lotteries from both the public and private sides.

Medenica joined the Maryland Lottery as Director in June 2015, focusing on lottery marketing and casino expansion. He oversaw Maryland’s six casinos, including the 2016 opening of the state’s largest, MGM National Harbor. His work in the lottery industry includes serving as President of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) in 2011-2012. Most recently, he served as Region 1 Director on the NASPL Executive Committee, as Lead Director of the Mega Millions consortium and Lead Director of the Cash4Life consortium. Internationally, Medenica served on the World Lottery Association Sports Betting Integrity Committee. In October 2020, Medenica was inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame, joining a distinguished group of world lottery professionals who are recognized for their dedication to promoting excellence and integrity in the industry.

Before coming to the lottery industry, Medenica was a longtime executive and member of the

Management Committee of The New York Times Company.  More recently, he was the Executive Vice President of Philadelphia Media Holdings, LLC, an owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. Prior to that, Medenica served as an advisor to the Blackstone Group on newspaper acquisitions, and as the President and CEO of DornaUSA, a sports marketing company. Earlier in his career, Medenica was a Senior Analyst at the Marriott Corporation.

Medenica earned his A.B. from Harvard College, where he majored in government, and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

The Governor's Appointments Office will begin a search for Mr. Medenica's successor; in the meantime, James R. Nielsen, currently Deputy Director, will serve as Acting Director.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

 

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Idaho Lottery Introduces New 2by2 Daily Draw Game; Weekly Grand Moves to Daily Draws

BOISE, Idaho (April 21, 2021) – Tonight is the first night players trying the new 2by2 Draw Game have a chance to win DOUBLE the top prize of $44,000.  The Idaho Lottery introduced the new Draw Game, 2by2 on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

This new game allows players the opportunity to win $22,000 every day of the week, and up to $44,000 on Tuesdays.

“2by2 is a new game to Idaho that is played in several States across America’s heartland.  This new game will have a true, Idaho feel to it,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.  “We're looking forward to it being successful, not only for our players, but also for our beneficiaries - Idaho's public schools and buildings."

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2by2 tickets cost $1 and gives players eight different ways to win.  If a player chooses to buy a 7-day multi-draw ticket, on Tuesday every prize the player wins doubles, all the way up to the top prize of $44,000.  In the game, players select two red ball numbers from 1 to 26, then two white ball numbers from 1 to 26.  They win by matching a single number.  If they match all four numbers, they win the jackpot prize!

In addition to 2by2, the Idaho Lottery has upgraded the game Weekly Grand from a twice-weekly draw game to a daily draw game.  This $2 draw game allows players to win $1,000 a week, every week for 52 weeks with withholding taxes paid by the Lottery.  Any non-winning tickets in Weekly Grand may be entered for a monthly second-chance draw to win $100 a week for 52 weeks with withholding taxes paid.  Weekly Grand was first introduced in 2011 and has recorded 41 jackpot winners and 117 second-chance winners.

2by2 drawings occur every night of the week at 8:15 pm, Mountain Time.  Weekly Grand winning numbers are drawn at 8:00 pm Mountain Time, seven days a week.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $4.2 billion in products, awarded more than $2.6 billion in prizes to players, returned $249 million in retail commissions, and distributed $961.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and buildings. To learn more, please visit: www.idaholottery.com.

SOURCE: The Idaho Lottery.

 

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BCLC Licenses GameSense to BetMGM

BC Canada (April 20, 2021) -- BCLC announced today that GameSense, its industry leading player-focused education program, will expand its support to players thanks to a new licensing agreement with BetMGM: a leading U.S.-based online gambling operator.

The agreement marks the first time an online gambling operator in the United States will utilize GameSense, a player-health program developed by BCLC and integrated into its products, marketing and distribution channels, including on PlayNow.com.

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“BCLC is so pleased that our forward-thinking approach to player health through our GameSense program continues to be adopted by other jurisdictions,” said BCLC Interim CEO and President Lynda Cavanaugh.

“Through this new agreement, BCLC looks forward to working with BetMGM to share best practices and new learnings as we continuously evolve our understanding and approach to online player-health supports.”

GameSense is BCLC’s player-facing, positive-play program designed to assist players in making informed choices. Launched in 2009, GameSense aims to improve player trust, awareness and education using research-based guidelines and best practices, including access to player-health specialists online, over the phone and in every casino and community gaming centre in B.C.

The integration of GameSense within BetMGM is an extension of BCLC’s longstanding relationship with MGM Resorts: MGM Resorts first launched GameSense at its U.S. properties in 2017 and it’s currently offered at 17 of MGM Resorts’ U.S. properties.

“As the mobile gaming industry in the U.S. continues to grow, responsible gambling is a key focus for BetMGM and is critically important for the industry as a whole,” said Adam Greenblatt, Chief Executive Officer, BetMGM. “GameSense presents a forward-thinking approach to responsible gambling. We look forward to empowering our players with a proven program, designed to help support a positive gambling experience.”

To date, BCLC has licensed GameSense to 14 gambling organizations across North America. The program has earned international recognition from the World Lottery Association, the National Council on Problem Gambling and the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries as a best-practice approach to communicating industry-leading player-health concepts. To learn more about GameSense visit: www.gamesense.com.

SOURCE: BCLC.

 

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Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Awards Pollard Banknote 10-Year Instant Ticket Contract Extension

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 21, 2021 /CNW/ – Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a significant long-term contract extension, which underscores the strength of its relationship with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (“OLG”). Under this agreement, Pollard Banknote will continue to serve as OLG’s primary INSTANT ticket supplier, providing a full range of products and services through July 31, 2032, with an additional five-year renewal option.

Pollard Banknote has been a trusted partner to OLG since 1987 and has served as its primary supplier for the past 14 years. In 2008, Pollard Banknote opened an INSTANT ticket finishing plant in Sault Ste. Marie, demonstrating its commitment to OLG while supporting economic development in the province of Ontario. From an assurance of 37 full-time staff in the plant’s first year of operations, staffing has increased to 120, and will be further increased to a commitment of 140 full-time staff with this extension. This continuous growth has helped to boost Pollard Banknote’s total finishing capacity in tandem with its increasing ticket production volumes. In 2020, the Sault Ste. Marie plant experienced a record year, packaging 31% more tickets than just five years ago, with these tickets destined for OLG and lotteries around the world.

Since 2007, OLG has reached many milestones in its business, including in its INSTANT ticket category. Over this time, OLG has grown sales of all instant game price points, developed award-winning games, introduced innovative higher priced games, and fostered one of the strongest portfolios of extended play games, such as CROSSWORD and BINGO, in the world. In fiscal year 2020, OLG achieved record-breaking annual INSTANT ticket sales of over $1.4 billion. Pollard Banknote has helped contribute to OLG’s continued sales growth through the development of great INSTANT games that engage Ontario players, while at the same time working closely with the Lottery to ensure that the highest standards of security and quality are maintained.

Significant drivers of this sales growth include OLG’s THE BIG SPIN and THE BIGGER SPIN INSTANT games—printed by Pollard Banknote. These games offer three levels of prize reveals: instant wins on the ticket, prize reveals via an animated digital wheel at retail, and top prize amounts disclosed with the spin of a giant wheel at live events. This game has created buzz and excitement in Ontario and in other jurisdictions that have introduced the concept.

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“OLG is pleased to be furthering our strong partnership with Pollard Banknote, securing the continuity and sustained growth and development of our INSTANT lottery business. For well over a decade we’ve worked together to find ways to deliver value for money for the people of Ontario while creating world class product for our players,” said Duncan Hannay, President and CEO of OLG. “We’re happy to be working with a partner like Pollard to create employment opportunities in this province. The new positions at the Sault Ste. Marie plant demonstrate our shared commitment to supporting economic recovery in the communities where we operate our businesses.”

“Pollard Banknote is very proud of our long-standing partnership with OLG which has been productive and mutually beneficial. We have worked hard to help OLG increase sales and offer an expanding selection of innovative products and services to meet the players’ evolving preferences,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. “Additionally, we are thrilled that the leadership and hard work of our dedicated staff at our Sault Ste. Marie plant are being rewarded with this contract extension.”

“I am so happy to highlight the collaboration between OLG and Pollard Banknote. As I always say, we work better when we work together,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “Partnerships like this are critical to our community’s economic recovery and prosperity. Partnerships such as this are not only bringing more business into our community and growing our economy but are also providing significant employment to Sault Ste. Marie.”

In addition to providing INSTANT tickets and related services directly to OLG, Pollard Banknote, through its family of companies, helps to support local communities and charities in Ontario by supplying Charitable Gaming Centres across the province with break open tickets, bingo paper, and TAP ‘N PLAY cabinet games.

OLG is a crown agency that develops world-class gaming entertainment for the Province of Ontario. Acting in a socially responsible way, OLG conducts and manages land-based gaming facilities; the sale of province-wide lottery games; Internet gaming; and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres. OLG is also helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided approximately $55 billion to the people and Province of Ontario to support key government priorities like health care; the treatment and prevention of problem gambling; and support for amateur athletes. Each year proceeds from OLG’s operations also support host communities, Ontario First Nations, lottery retailers and local charities across the province.

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.

 

CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose,

Chief Financial Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited.

 

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Tennessee Lottery Raises Record $140,300,000 For Education in FY 2021 Third Quarter

More Than $5.875 Billion Raised for Education since January 20, 2004

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (April 15, 2021) -- The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (TEL) today announced it raised a record-shattering $140,300,000 for designated education programs in Tennessee during the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2021 (January 1-March 31).

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This bests the Lottery’s previous record transfer of $122,968,219 for FY2019 Q2 by more than $17 million.

The Q3 transfer includes $132,883,000 – a record on its own – for the Lottery for Education Account and $7,417,000 for after-school programs, bringing the total the Lottery has raised for education in Tennessee since January 20, 2004 to $5,875,423,000.

“We began the third quarter with dueling jackpot rolls for Mega Millions and Powerball, which contributed to increased player excitement, and our March Instant Games Revenues were the highest of any month since inception,” TEL President and CEO Rebecca Paul Hargrove said.

“Our mission is to raise funds for the designated education programs we fund, and this is a great day for students all across Tennessee.”

Lottery players also collected $330,618,000 in prize winnings during Q3.

Additional highlights include:

  • Total Revenues Fiscal Year-to-Date were $1,524,989,000, up 16.1 percent over this time last year;
  • FY2021 Year-to-Date totals for Lottery for Education proceeds are $356,774,000; and
  • Total Revenues for March 2021 were the second highest since inception.

 

Since the Lottery’s inception, more than 1.5 million scholarships and grants have been awarded with Lottery funds. More than 150,000 Tennessee students benefited in the 2019-2020 school year alone.

The TEL encourages all players to take appropriate health and safety precautions when purchasing tickets at Lottery retailers.

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 nearly $5.9 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 $16.1 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1.5 billion in commissions.

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

SOURCE: Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

 

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The European Lotteries Supports EU Sport Integrity Day with Fight Against Match Fixing

BRUSSELS, Belgium (April 15, 2021) -- “Today on EU Sport Integrity Day, EL emphasises the importance in the fight against match fixing, particularly during a global pandemic when there are heightened betting corruption and financial risks,’’ says Arjan van ‘t Veer, EL Secretary General. “Looking ahead there is a need for increased vigilant monitoring and closer cooperation with the law enforcement and sports sectors to safeguard sport integrity and fight against match-fixing.”

Currently as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been increased difficulties for sport in general and sports betting in particular because of match-fixing. Due to a lack of sports betting opportunities over the past year, operators have been offering betting opportunities on unusual competitions, which in turn has triggered an increase in financial vulnerabilities and betting corruption risks. The worldwide lockdowns also changed gambling habits with new player groups discovering the new digital opportunities.

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As a founding Member of the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), EL continues to work to fight against match fixing and to safeguard the values and integrity of sport. The sports betting operations by EL Members is operated living up to the highest integrity standards where strict standards operate to provide secure and fair operations and to manage the risks of fraud and other forms of crime.

“A constant cooperation is crucial between GLMS and both, its Collective Members – EL and WLA – and its individual members, the state lotteries. This applies whether it concerns timely monitoring and exchanging information on the various competitions and reports or whether it involves education and facilitating exchange of good practices. It is also of paramount important to help our members develop better relationships with other relevant national stakeholders,” Giancarlo Sergi, GLMS General Secretary.

Just last month, EL organised its Sports Betting Webinar with WLA where lottery professionals gathering online to discuss the importance of closer collaboration to safeguard sport integrity.

Last year lottery professionals from the sport movement came together in a series of webinars to address among other topics, the impact of COVID-19 on the sports betting sector and how stakeholders are adapting to the pandemic, looking closely at the important of closer collaboration to safeguard sport integrity.

“Lotteries are key players in the fight against match-fixing as they do not act only to preserve the honesty of sports betting but, above all, to promote the positive values of sport. Contributing to Society is in our DNA. Both IOC and UEFA representatives who attended our last EL/WLA Sports Betting Webinar know that even in this difficult time of a pandemic, they can trust our sincere commitment to protect the integrity of the Tokyo Olympic games and the Euro 2020,” Gilles Maillet, Director of Sport Integrity, La Française des Jeux (FDJ).

“Our dedicated employees across many lotteries’ sports betting operations form the daily backbone of our efforts in helping to protect sports against manipulation. By constantly monitoring betting patterns and sharing alerts within GLMS, with sports federations and with relevant authorities in general, we proudly contribute to the ongoing fight to safeguard the integrity of sports. At Danske Spil we are very proud to have played an active part since 2005 in this highly important task,” Jens Nielsen, Sports Betting Director, Danske Spil

Global lottery community welcomes ground-breaking Convention

Back in 2019 the global lottery community (EL-GLMS-WLA) welcomed the entering into force of the historic and ground-breaking Macolin Convention, the only legally binding international treaty promoting global cooperation to tackle the manipulation of sports competitions.

The Convention covers all topics relative to the fight against match-fixing such as national and international cooperation, sharing of information, criminal provisions, whistle-blowers protection; education and prevention; conflicts of interest; and measures against illegal sports betting. Since its drafting phase the global lottery community has fully supported the initiative and assisted the Council of Europe (CoE) in its efforts to promote the Convention and support states with the implementation of its provisions. Read more here

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“Sport has the power to develop and enhance social cohesion of communities - but only if its integrity is protected. At ENGSO, we believe the integrity in sport must be respected at all levels; from grassroots to elite. Therefore, we sincerely appreciate the support and the long-term partnership with European Lotteries, especially in regards to safeguarding integrity, ethics and fair play in sport, and strengthening the link between voluntary non-profit sports organisations,” Stefan Bergh, ENGSO President.

EL and sport partnerships

Lastly, EL has been working closely with the European Sports NGO (ENGSO) since 2009 in order to work on a common front to safeguard the integrity of sport and to strengthen the link between voluntary non-profit sports organisations. EL and ENGSO support each other in the area of the EU sports policy and co-operate in event and project management. EL is a partner of the co-funded Erasmus+ Programme SPIRIT which aims to challenge the normalised practices in organised sport environments which are harmful to the mental well-being of their participants. In the past EL has partly funded projects such as "What National Networks to Fight against Match-fixing in the EU.”

CONTACT: Lucy Lenaers-Mathieson, Communications Officer, European Lotteries, M +32 470 84 75 73, Email: lucy.mathieson@european-lotteries.eu

About the European Lotteries (EL)

EL is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from more than 40 European countries including all EU Member States. The EU members contribute more than 20 billion EUR p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and causes of general interest. Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government. Website: www.european-lotteries.org, Twitter @EuropeLotteries, LinkedIn

SOURCE: European Lotteries (EL).

 

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