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Vol. 95 No.5A - Monday May 3, 2021

 

 

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Minnesota Lottery Revs Up Its Instant Ticket Portfolio with Chevrolet® Silverado® Launch

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 28, 2021 /CNW/ – Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) congratulates the Minnesota Lottery (“Lottery”) on the success of its $5 Chevrolet® Silverado® instant ticket. The game launched in early March and includes an exciting 2nd Chance promotion that will see one lucky player drive home a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado® Trail Boss. Based on the first five weeks of sales, Chevrolet Silverado® has sold a remarkable 56% higher than the average of all $5 licensed games launched since 2018.

The exciting new ticket features the legendary truck front and center, accompanied by tire and dollar sign icons that reveal the game’s key number match play style beneath. The game offers multiple chances to win, including the opportunity to scratch to win up to $100,000 instantly by revealing a Chevrolet symbol, and by revealing a steering wheel, players win double the prize shown beneath the symbol! In addition, non-winning tickets are eligible for entry into the Lottery’s prize-packed 2nd Chance draw. Prizes include cash, Chevrolet-branded merchandise prize packs, and the show-stopping grand prize 2021 Chevrolet Silverado® Trail Boss.

To ‘drive’ player awareness of the game, the Minnesota Lottery’s multifaceted promotional campaign includes digital ads and social media posts, as well as a variety of promotional display items to raise the ticket’s visibility at retail.

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“We are pleased with the initial sales of our new Chevrolet Silverado® instant ticket,” said Adam Prock, Executive Director, Minnesota Lottery. “We focus on providing our players with games that delight and engage, along with the chance to win exciting prizes, and this game delivers on all aspects.”

“Pollard Banknote congratulates the Minnesota Lottery on the outstanding success of its Chevrolet Silverado® instant ticket,” said Brad Thompson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “The brand’s enduring popularity lends itself to exciting prizing and promotional options, which the Lottery has fully leveraged. We look forward to our continuing work with the Minnesota Lottery on creating new games and promotions that players will love.”

About Minnesota Lottery

The Minnesota Lottery raises money for programs that positively impact the lives of Minnesotans. It offers uniquely Minnesotan games of chance that are held to the highest standard of integrity and security. Since 1990, the Lottery has returned more than $3.1 billion to programs that benefit all Minnesotans, including the state’s most precious natural resources, education, health care and more.

About Chevrolet

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, available in 79 countries with more than 3.2 million cars and trucks sold in 2020. Chevrolet models include electric and fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Brad Thompson          

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Pollard Banknote Limited

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: bthompson@pbl.ca

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International GLI® Elevates Three Tech Authorities to Director Positions

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LAKEWOOD, N.J. (April 28, 2021) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has promoted three technology authorities to director positions. Joe Carlon is now Sr. Director of Engineering, N. America; John Owen is now Director of IT, EMEA; and Jesse Peterson is now Director of IT Security, N. America.

Carlon is widely considered one of the world’s leading iGaming and sports betting authorities and was recently named one of GGB Magazine’s “25 People to Watch for 2021.” Click here to listen to GGB’s podcast with Carlon.

Owen and Peterson lead GLI’s global IT teams, and their work helps to ensure GLI’s clients’ information and data is secure while in the lab, among other far-reaching IT-related responsibilities.

“GLI is a global company of incredibly skilled engineers and technology authorities. Joe, John, and Jesse are leaders in their field, and we are thrilled to announce their promotions,” said GLI Executive Vice President Paul Magno.

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“While we have promoted dozens of our team members, we are always seeking highly qualified technology experts to join our growing team.”

GLI recently announced promotions of dozens of team members throughout its network of international locations, including engineers and six new vice presidents. Additionally, GLI has added staff, from senior level to entry level positions. The staffing additions and moves further strengthen GLI’s abilities to serve regulators, suppliers, and perators in the more than 480 jurisdictions in which GLI operates.

Discover a world of opportunity at gaminglabs.com/careers.

About Gaming Laboratories International

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 gaminglabs.com.

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220, E: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

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Governor Kemp: Georgia Lottery Marks Its Highest Quarter Ever, Raising $415.8 Million for HOPE and Pre-K in Q3

ATLANTA, Georgia (April 22, 2021) – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced the Georgia Lottery Corp.’s most successful quarter in its 27-year history. The Georgia Lottery raised more than $415.8 million in profits for the third quarter of fiscal year 2021, bringing the total transferred to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account since inception to more than $23.4 billion.

“The Georgia Lottery’s extraordinary results have a wide-reaching impact on Georgia’s students, families and communities,” Governor Kemp said. “Lottery-funded Pre-K prepares our youngest students with a foundation for learning while HOPE keeps our best and brightest students in state, building a strong workforce and driving economic development in Georgia.”

Georgia Lottery transfers to the Lottery for Education Account for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2021 total a record $1.147 billion.

“We continue to work diligently each day to fulfill our mission to maximize revenues for HOPE and Pre-K,” Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin said. “I am appreciative of Governor Kemp, our board of directors and the legislature for their support, as well as our employees, retailers, vendors and partners for their dedication and hard work. As always, we are grateful for our players who find our products to be a source of entertainment.”

The Georgia Lottery’s third quarter sales were fueled by the large Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots that grew into January, generating a total of more than $61.2 million for HOPE and Pre-K.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $23.4 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.9 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

SOURCE: Georgia Lottery.

 

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Sisal Launches Its Proprietary Online Gaming Platform

A proprietary technological solution to create product innovation and differentiation and support the international expansion of the Sisal Group.

MILAN, Italy (April 21, 2021) -- The Sisal Group, a leading player in the gaming market, strengthens its product development and innovation strategy with the launch of NEXT - SISAL DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY, the new "open platform" for online gaming that joins NEXT - SISAL VLT TECHNOLOGY, the video lottery platform already present on the Italian and international markets.

The proprietary NEXT - SISAL DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY platform, together with the Sisal proprietary games, is now available on all Sisal digital channels, to ensure a responsible, innovative, safe and engaging entertainment experience.

NEXT, the result of the collaboration with FILS | GAME, an important international player specialized in the development and supply of software and games, thanks to a flexible and modular architecture, allows to integrate proprietary and third-party content quickly and efficiently.

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NEXT, is not the point of arrival, but the starting point for the evolution of a proprietary "gaming suite" , which has as its primary objective the proposition of an innovative and differentiating product , for a fun and engaging gaming experience.

Thanks to the flexibility in integrating "in house" and third party content, NEXT aims to facilitate and speed up the evolution of an omnichannel offeringso as to allow its customers a more fluid gaming experience, entering a " real time funny " dimension that goes beyond channel diversity.

The creation of a flexible and dynamic, multi-language and multi-currency proprietary "gaming suite" such as NEXT also certifies, once again, Sisal's strong commitment to supporting the Group's international development, allowing a faster time to market and greater adaptability to the requirements and culture of the different markets.

The first offer offers a mix of eight games, slots and table games, with attractive graphics and bonus features including TRAFFIC, adventure-themed slots with a metropolitan setting and modern graphics; BLACK JACK, for an immersive gaming experience inside a casino where it is possible to occupy up to five stations at the same time and have fun with side bets and, finally, RAKITABI, the first omnichannel slot completely developed on NEXT proprietary technology.

"I am very happy with the partnership with FILS | GAME, a UK operator with an important international footprint, which has allowed us to launch our proprietary NEXT - Sisal Digital Technology platform, which is essential for continuing to pursue our innovation and product differentiation strategy. in an increasingly standardized market context.

The characteristics of flexibility and adaptability of NEXT in integrating proprietary content and external Providers, commented Marco Bedendo, Gaming Machines & Online Casino Managing Director of Sisal are fundamental factors for a unique and innovative product offer, with a strong focus on creating value for our customers, involving them in a fluid gaming user experience between retail and online channels, always in full compliance with responsible entertainment ".

"The architecture of the Next platform - concludes Marco Bedendo -  modular, scalable, multi-language and multi-currency, will allow Sisal to speed up its entry into the international scene, facilitating penetration into very different markets in terms of culture, social context and infrastructure. technological. This is confirmed by the fact that the new platform will be activated, within the first quarter of 2022 in all the countries where Sisal is currently already present in its path outside the national borders: Turkey, Spain and Morocco."

“I want to thank you for choosing Sisal FILS | GAME and his team to pursue its objectives in the online market," - commented Stefano Fregoni - CEO Fils Investments Ltd. "I am sure that this partnership will make its contribution to reconfirm the Sisal brand as a solid reference among the leaders of the international market in the online segment and in innovation in this sector."

SOURCE: Sisal Comunicazione (www.sisal.com).

 

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South Carolina Lottery to End “Lucky For Life” Game

COLUMBIA, SC (April 21, 2021) – The Lucky for Life game is ending in South Carolina with the Monday, June 28, 2021 drawing.

The South Carolina Education Lottery is leaving the multi-state Lucky for Life game to explore exciting new game opportunities for players that will launch over the next several months.

These new games will also enhance funding for education. Fireball is a new add-on game feature for Pick 3 and Pick 4 that begins May 3rd and enhancements to Powerball® will be announced in late summer.

After the Lucky for Life drawing on Thursday, April 22, 2021, the number of multi-draws available for purchase will taper down.

Players will be able to purchase 19 instead of 20 multi-draws after Thursday’s drawing, and that number will decrease by one following each subsequent drawing until the game ends on June 28.

Winning ticket holders will still have 180 days from the draw date to claim their prizes.

Once all verified winning tickets have been claimed and paid, any remaining funds from the Lucky for Life game will be given to the state for educational initiatives in South Carolina.

The Lottery would like to thank its players and retailers for supporting the Lucky for Life game since its debut in South Carolina in January of 2015.

Lucky for Life drawings are held Mondays and Thursdays at 10:35 p.m. Lucky for Life has produced one top prize winner of $1,000 a Day for LIFE and 21 winners of $25,000 a Year for Life in our state.

SOURCE: The South Carolina Education Lottery.

 

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Pariplay and Greentube Agree on Multi-Jurisdictional Deal

VIENNA, Austria (April 19, 2021) -- Content from Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, will be added to Pariplay’s leading aggregator platform Fusion™ following a multi-jurisdictional distribution agreement between the two suppliers.

Greentube’s extensive games portfolio including Book of Ra™ deluxe and fan-favourites Lucky Lady’s Charm™ deluxe and Sizzling Hot™ deluxe will be made available to Pariplay’s extensive operator network.

The agreement covers multiple regulated markets and will see the reach of Greentube’s content significantly extended.

Greentube’s diverse portfolio offers proven online adaptations of NOVOMATIC titles as well as new and innovative content designed and produced in-house. The supplier already has a strong foothold in several markets as its content is available with an array of leading operators.

Pariplay’s Fusion™ platform is licensed in more than 16 regulated markets and hosts one of the industry’s most comprehensive offerings.

Christine Lewis, Chief Commercial Officer at Pariplay, said: “Greentube’s content needs no introduction with some of the industry’s most popular games on offer that are loved by players all over the world.

Their slot catalogue has a wide appeal and makes a valuable addition to any operator’s casino lobby.”

Michael Bauer, CFO/CGO at Greentube, said: “Our content has gained a global following and we aim to offer as many players as possible our entertaining and engaging games. Pariplay is a leading aggregator, offering premium content to a vast number of industry operators, so joining forces with them made complete sense for us, and we are excited for what comes next.”

SOURCE: Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions GmbH media release.

 

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Virginia Lottery’s Online Players Have Claimed more than $500 Million in Prizes in the First 10 Months of Online Sales

RICHMOND, Virginia (April 23, 2021) -- The Virginia Lottery’s online play keeps racking up the wins as players have claimed more than $500 million in prizes in the first 10 months of online sales.

With many traditional Lottery draw games like Mega Millions and Powerball, as well as new instant-win games now conveniently available to players using their smartphones, tablets or computers, the Lottery is delivering on its goal of meeting consumers where they are today: online.

And it’s paying off. Literally!

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Since online play launched on July 1, 2020, more than 172,000 winners have won prizes. Big wins have come from all over Virginia, including a $60,000 top prize in Palmyra, a $50,000 jackpot in Moorefield, and a Cash4Life jackpot winner in Hopewell.

Anyone who is at least 18 years old and physically located in Virginia can play online by setting up an account at www.valottery.com. Customers must undergo robust identity and age verification before they can participate.

One of the most popular online games to date is Jungle Tumble Jackpots, which includes a progressive jackpot that grows the more it is played.  Players have won more than $37 million in that game alone, including four jackpots greater than $50,000.  A new progressive jackpot game, Jackpot Payout, launched on April 20.

“We’re excited to see Virginians embrace the convenience of online play,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “By offering consumers a choice to play anytime, anywhere and on any device, we are strengthening the Lottery’s mission of generating additional profits to support K-12 public schools across Virginia.”

Even as many customers choose to engage in online play, sales of traditional lottery products at the retail counter continue to grow, too. Since the fiscal year began July 1, sales of Virginia Lottery tickets at more than 5,000 retail locations have reached more than $1.8 billion, a 16 percent increase from the same period last year.

The profit from every Virginia Lottery ticket sold, whether online or at a retail store, benefits K-12 public education in Virginia. In Fiscal Year 2020, the Lottery generated more than $595 million for education in the Commonwealth. Fiscal Year 2021, which ends on June 30, is on track to break sales and profit records.

For more information, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. With all gaming, please remember to play responsibly.

SOURCE: Virginia Lottery.

 

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Singapore Pools, Singapore Polytechnic and Skillsfuture Singapore Join Forces to Develop Talents in the Social Service Sector

New programme equips mid-career jobseekers with in-demand skills and provides industrial attachments in the social service sector

SINGAPORE (January 22, 2021) - As part of the SGUnited Skills programme, Singapore Pools and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) are partnering SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to launch the SgPools Academy-SP Connexion Programme (Connexion) to equip mid-career jobseekers with in-demand skills for roles in the social service sector.

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With the aging population and other demographic changes, the social service sector is set to grow in strength to cater to the needs in our society. From approximately 6,000 social service professionals in 2006 to more than 15,000 today, the social service workforce is projected to grow to about 19,000 by 20251.

Connexion leverages the learning programmes developed and delivered by Singapore Polytechnic, as well as Singapore Pools' know-how and experiences derived from its transformation journey, deep community service experiences and partnerships, to provide participants with industry relevant experience.

Connexion comprises three full-time six-month long training courses:

  1. Business Process Management
  2. Business Analytics
  3. Programme Management

 

These courses will train participants for roles in the social service sector as Business Process Specialist, Business Analyst, and Programme Executive. Participants can expect a robust curriculum based on learning organisation principles, enhanced with industry core and emerging skills such as service innovation, data analytics and visualisation, stakeholder and change management, as well as project management and social media marketing.

Participants will also embark on a one to two month-long practicum which provides them with the opportunities to undertake an industry project either in-house or on attachment with a social service partner.

These opportunities will empower participants to apply their newly acquired skills and increase their employability for job opportunities in the social service sector.

Said Mr Lam Chee Weng, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Pools, "We are excited to launch the SgPools Academy-SP Connexion Programme with our partners to train tomorrow's workforce with essential skills to thrive in the digital future.

Over the last few years, Singapore Pools has amassed learnings and technology expertise through our own transformation journey. Through Singapore Pools Academy, we can now share our expertise to support Singapore's talent development. This is an extension of Singapore Pools' purpose to serve the community, and 'Do Good Better' together."

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Mr Soh Wai Wah, Principal & CEO of Singapore Polytechnic, said, "This tripartite partnership with Singapore Pools and SkillsFuture Singapore will ensure that no displaced professionals are left behind as we upskill and expand their competencies to meet the evolving demands and talent needs of our national social service sector.

By tapping on our expertise in training learners of all ages, Singapore Polytechnic is well-positioned to equip learners of all ages with the latest digital skillsets and knowledge to enrich their existing skillsets when they take on new emerging social service roles with ease and confidence."

Chief Executive of SSG, Mr Ong Tze-Ch'in, said, "SkillsFuture Singapore appreciates Singapore Pools and Singapore Polytechnic coming forward to partner us in delivering this SGUnited Skills programme for the Social Service sector.

This is an important initiative to upskill and reskill individuals to enter this growing sector of need for Singapore."

Successful applicants will undergo six months of structured learning which includes project work and industry attachments with social service organisations.

Eligible applicants can use their SkillsFuture Credits to pay for the net course fees. They will also receive $1,200 per month in training allowance throughout the duration of the programme.

Applications for the programmes are now open and will close on 28 Feb 2021. More information on the SgPools Academy-SP Connexion Programme can be found on www.singaporepools.com.sg/academy

See the complete original press release.

SOURCE: Singapore Pools (Private) Limited.

 

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The Connecticut Lottery Corporation Receives 15 Request for Qualifications Responses for Sports Betting

ROCKY HILL, CT (April 26, 2021) – The Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC) received 15 Request for Qualifications (RFQ) responses for sports betting by its April 23 deadline. The CLC issued an RFQ on April 12, 2021, from qualified and experienced sports betting solution providers for online and retail sports wagering systems and services. The original RFQ can be viewed at: https://ctlottery.org/PublicSolicitations.

"We are pleased to see significant interest from companies who would like to partner with the CLC to bring our online and retail sports betting offering to market," said Rob Simmelkjaer, Chairman of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation.  "Our staff and board will now begin a process of carefully reviewing the qualifications of the submitting parties as we work towards choosing the right partner in this important initiative for our state.”

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The CLC expects to be authorized to conduct online and retail sports wagering in Connecticut through the use of contracted agents and vendors. This expectation is based on an agreement reached between the Governor and both of Connecticut’s tribal nations, pending bills before the legislature, and inclusion in the Governor’s budget bill. The online channel is expected to be offered through an online and mobile platform, and the retail channel is expected to be operated in up to 15 retail locations, including at least one, each, in Hartford and Bridgeport.

The CLC will issue invitations for presentations of qualified responses on April 26, 2021, and finalists will be chosen for submission of formal business plans under the tentative timeline provided. Due to the confidential nature of the RFQ process, and the need for full legislation to come forth from the Connecticut General Assembly, the CLC will not release any further information at this time.

About CT Lottery:

Lottery sales benefit Connecticut's residents in valuable ways. In fiscal year 2020, players won more than $822 million in prize money and Retailers earned more than $73 million in commissions. At the same time, the CT Lottery provided $348 million to support the valuable services and programs funded by the state’s General Fund including public health, libraries, public safety, education and more.  Since the Lottery began in 1972, our contributions to the General Fund have exceeded $10 billion.

The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older.  If you gamble, use your GameSense.  For information about the CT Lottery, stop by any CT Lottery retailer, visit CTLOTTERY.ORG, join us on Facebook (facebook.com/CTLottery), Instagram (Instagram.com/ctlottery), Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery), or call (860) 713-2700.

SOURCE: CT Lottery.

 

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Play Florida Favorites at A Value with Grouper®

New Game Lineup On-Sale Now!

TALLAHASSEE – Today, Florida Lottery players can get a $6 value for just $5 with a new lineup of games offered in the GROUPER® sampler! GROUPER gives players the opportunity to try a variety of Draw game favorites and add-on features in one easy transaction. The new $5 GROUPER offers six ways to win, including the chance to win up to $500 instantly!  When players purchase GROUPER, they will receive:

 

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•  One FANTASY 5® with EZmatch™ Quick Pick ticket ($2 value)

•  One FLORIDA LOTTO® with Double Play™ Quick Pick ticket ($3 value)

•  Plus, one Free PICK 3™ Straight/Box Quick Pick ticket ($1 value)

 

Players can purchase GROUPER at more than 13,000 retailer locations and from Florida Lottery vending machines to receive three, individual Quick Pick tickets, good for the next available drawing. The GROUPER Super Sampler, offering 11 ways to win for $10, will continue to be available for purchase from Lottery retailers statewide.

For detailed information on draw schedules and times, visit the Lottery’s website at www.flalottery.com/lotteryDrawings. Florida Lottery drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state and are also available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website, along with winning numbers information. You can also get winning numbers information at Lottery retailers statewide or by phone at (850) 921-PLAY. Also, you may register here to receive winning numbers and other Lottery information by email or text message.

Florida Lottery offices are currently open to the public by appointment only for players with prizes valued at $600 or more. Players can request a claim appointment at Headquarters and district offices through the Lottery’s website, at www.flalottery.com/howToClaim. Players can still utilize the secured drop box located at each district office or mail tickets to Florida Lottery Headquarters or a district office.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $39 billion to enhance 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 Florida's 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 $75.6 billion in prizes and made more than 3,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

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Ignite Your Game on May 3. FIREBALL is Coming!

RICHMOND, Virginia (April 23, 2021) -- On May 3, a new way to win Pick 3 or Pick 4 arrives! It’s called FIREBALL. Note that the base Pick 3 and Pick 4 games will not change. Here’s a glimpse of how FIREBALL works.

Adding FIREBALL improves your chance to win a prize.

After each day and night Pick 3 and Pick 4 drawing, the FIREBALL number will be drawn from 10 numbered balls (0-9) for each game.

You can use the FIREBALL number to replace any of the Lottery-drawn numbers to make new combinations (create three sets of numbers for Pick 3 and four sets for Pick 4). If your numbers with the FIREBALL number match the winning numbers, you win a FIREBALL prize.

Adding FIREBALL doubles the cost of your play(s).

Odds of winning the Pick 3 top prize: 1 in 1,000. Odds of winning the Pick 4 top prize: 1 in 10,000. FIREBALL odds of winning vary by the unique numbers played. For complete game and odds information, visit valottery.com on May 3.

SOURCE: Virginia Lottery.

 

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New Mississippi Lottery Draw-Style Game Starts Today

Inaugural Mississippi Match 5 drawing Thursday April 29

JACKSON, MISS. (April 28, 2021) – Sales begin today for Mississippi Match-5 an in-state lottery game, with drawings three nights each week and a starting jackpot of $50,000*.

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Winning numbers will be drawn Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; and if no one matches all five numbers in one night’s drawing, the jackpot grows. The first drawing will occur Thursday, April 29.

Players choose five numbers (from 1-35) or opt for the quick-pick option, which permits the terminal to choose the numbers. Each play costs $2. For an additional $1 per play, players can select the Multiplier feature to increase non-jackpot winning prizes by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times.

Prizes may be won by matching some or all of the numbers drawn and range in value from a free ticket to the jackpot.

Drawing results will be broadcast just after 10 p.m. CST on Mississippi Lottery partner TV stations, the MLC website, www.mslotteryhome.com, and the Most Recent Drawing Results Hotline at 601-487-1396.  Lottery partner stations can be found on the website.

Players may redeem winning tickets under $600 at approved retailers, by mail, or at MLC headquarters in Flowood. Prizes ranging from $600 to $99,999 may be claimed by mail or at MLC Headquarters.

Prizes of $100,000 or more must be claimed at MLC Headquarters.

*Starting jackpot may change based on sales.

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC) was legislatively created in 2018 by the Alyce G. Clarke Mississippi Lottery Law, Senate Bill 2001.

Visit us online at: www.mslotteryhome.com.

SOURCE: The Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC).

 

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Loterie Romande is Making an Exceptional Contribution Totalling 3.5 Million Francs to Support over 800 Cafés, Bars and Restaurants in French-Speaking Switzerland

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (April 27, 2021) -- Loterie Romande has taken the decision to allocate exceptional assistance to cafés, bars and restaurants that sell its games. The 3.5 million francs will be distributed among over 800 cafés, bars and restaurants that are Loterie Romande’s sales partners in French-speaking Switzerland to provide support to a sector that has been uncommonly hard hit by the economic fallout from the public-health crisis. Through this act of solidarity, Loterie Romande is bolstering its support for its distribution network and affirming its sense of public responsibility towards the community in these challenging times.

For many months now, cafés, bars and restaurants have been finding it an uphill struggle to cope with the economic repercussions from the public-health crisis. Considering this unprecedented, crisis state of affairs for very many businesses, Loterie Romande’s Board of Directors has decided to take action, earmarking exceptional aid to all of its sales partners working in the hospitality sector.

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Jean-René Fournier, Loterie Romande’s Chairman, pointed out, “Through this act of solidarity, Loterie Romande is demonstrating its wholehearted support for the hospitality industry, particularly as the sector gears itself up towards resuming business”.

In a gesture of support to bar, café and restaurant owners, who have seen their games-related revenues slump by 31%, Loterie Romande will be distributing a total of some 3.5 million francs. Each of those businesses being supported will receive a financial package of between 1,000 and 8,000 francs depending on the number and types of game they sell. The businesses will not have to apply to get this money, which will be paid out at the end of May 2021 to all businesses that are still going concerns as soon as health conditions allow, with nothing expected in return. “In this climate that has been extremely harsh for many hospitality business owners in recent months, this financial boost from Loterie Romande is most welcome for the many businesses as they look to open their doors to customers again” was the delighted response from Casimir Platzer, GastroSuisse’s Chairman.

Cafés, bars and restaurants that distribute the whole array of Loterie Romande’s games (Loto Express, Loterie électronique, PMU, scratch-cards and draw-based games) to their customers are vital links in Loterie Romande’s sales network numbering some 2,400 sales outlets throughout French-speaking Switzerland. All Loterie Romande sales outlets are remunerated by the company in the form of commission fees for distributing its games. These fees totalled almost 76 million francs in 2019, a sizeable sum being ploughed back into the local economy. This injection of funds helps breathe energy into the economic and social lives of towns and villages across the region.

“We are particularly pleased to receive this support which will help to cover the many costs we face. Loterie Romande is a partner we cannot be without, and I would like to thank the company for standing solidly alongside us”, commented Maria Leite Magalhães Coutinho, manager of the café-restaurant Chez Bela in Geneva. Through this financial support to cafés, bars and restaurants, Loterie Romande is strengthening its commitment to the local economy and giving proof of its strong sense of public responsibility and community spiritedness.

CONTACT: Jean-René Fournier, Loterie Romande’s Chairman, 079 690 09 98, rp@loro.ch.

SOURCE: Loterie Romande.

 

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NJ Lottery Evening Draws to be Held at Alternate Site

TRENTON, NJ (April 28, 2021) – The New Jersey Lottery headquarters building is temporarily closed effective immediately for cleaning due to a positive case of Covid-19. Operations will continue at the Lottery’s Business Continuity Site, which is designated as a back-up facility to ensure continuity of critical business functions in the event that Lottery Headquarters is ever closed or inaccessible for any reason.

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Lottery staff will conduct tonight’s evening drawings at the Business Continuity Site, a secure environment. As always, the drawings will be monitored by an independent auditor.

The general public should be aware that:

 

• The drawings will be held at the Business Continuity Site.

• The drawings will still be conducted using mechanical ball machines and in accordance with standard lottery procedures.

• Drawings for games broadcast from the Business Continuity Site will not be broadcast or livestreamed. Those games include Pick-3, Pick-4, Jersey Cash 5, and CASH4LIFE.

• The drawing results will be posted to the website, mobile app and emailed to the VIP Club members as per standard operating procedure.

• The drawings will be videotaped for security purposes only.

 

The media and public are being apprised of the closure with this release and through our social media and other public-facing communication channels.

The Business Continuity Site is housed at a secure location away from Lottery Headquarters. A team of employees was designated as essential to operations and assigned functions at the Business Continuity Site. The Business Continuity Site facility houses key staff from all Lottery departments including the: Executive team, Administration and Compliance, Communications and Public Relations, Drawing, Finance, Operations, Security and Technology.

SOURCE: The New Jersey Lottery.

 

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