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Vol. 95 No.8A - Monday May 24, 2021

 

 

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500,000 is on the Line with the New Guy Harvey Scratch-Off Game from the Florida Lottery!

 

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (May 17, 2021) -- Today, the Florida Lottery is excited to announce the launch of the new $5 game, GUY HARVEY $500,000 FLORIDA CASH, featuring more than $48.9 million in prizes! The new Florida-themed game offers six top prizes of $500,000 and more than 3.4 million winning tickets! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.03.

Players also have the chance to win once in a lifetime prizes when they enter non-winning tickets into the Trucks, Bucks, and Trips Promotion. Three drawings will be held between June 16 and August 4 for non-winning GUY HARVEY $500,000 FLORIDA CASH tickets entered into the Trucks, Bucks, and Trips Promotion. In each drawing, one player will win a 2021 Ford F-150 Guy Harvey Edition pickup truck, two players will win a VIP getaway for two to the Cayman Islands, and 40 players will take home $1,000 cash! For more information about the game and Trucks, Bucks, and Trips Promotion, visit www.flalottery.com.

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The Florida Lottery also launched three other Scratch-Off games today, offering more than $88 million in instant prizes. All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 48 hours.

The new $3 5X BINGO Scratch-Off game features six bingo cards, the chance to win up to $100,000 on a single ticket, and more than $45.6 million in cash prizes! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.98.

The new $2 JEWEL 7s DOUBLER lets players double their prize when they reveal a “2X” symbol – worth up to $50,000! This gem of a deal comes packed with over 5.4 million winning tickets and more than $32.8 million in cash prizes. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.36.

The new 2 FOR $1 game offers two games in one – with two chances to turn this $1 ticket into $10,000! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.72.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 75 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $1 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2019-20.

ABOUT GUY HARVEY

Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist, explorer and entrepreneur, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea. His childhood passion for the ocean and its living creatures not only inspired him to draw but fueled a burning interest that prompted a formal education in marine science. Having graduated with honors in Marine Biology from Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1977, Guy returned home to Jamaica to resume his education, earning his Ph.D. from the University of the West Indies in 1984. Though he gave up a budding career as a marine biologist for that of a highly acclaimed artist, Guy has continued his relentless pursuit to unravel the mysteries of the sea, traveling the world to better understand the habits and habitats of the marine wildlife he paints. For more information about Guy Harvey or to learn about The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) please visit: www.guyharvey.com or www.GHOF.org.

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: The Florida Lottery.

 

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IGT Indiana Donates Sixth After School Advantage Computer Lab

Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County receive donation

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INDIANAPOLIS (May 19, 2021) — IGT Indiana, the integrated services provider to the Hoosier Lottery, announced today that the company has donated approximately $15,000 worth of technology and equipment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County in Middlebury. The computer lab will allow the Middlebury Club to serve more than 1,500 children during the school year and summer.

The Middlebury donation is a continued commitment as part of IGT Indiana's After School Advantage (ASA) Program and is the sixth such donation in Indiana. As part of the donation, the Middlebury Club received 15 Chromebooks, professional software, Lego Educational programs, a smart TV, a Glowforge laser printer and other technology and equipment to carry out their mission.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County does a tremendous job serving our youth, and IGT Indiana is honored to provide computers and technology to the Club as part of our continued commitment to charitable giving within the communities we serve,” said Melissa Pursley, IGT Indiana’s Chief Operating Officer & General Manager. “We are excited to help the Boys & Girls Clubs carry out its mission by serving more than 1,500 children throughout the Middlebury area.”

As part of IGT Indiana’s ASA program, organizations are provided with state-of-the-art computers, printers, software, furniture and volunteer hours to non-profit organizations that sponsor educational programs throughout the State. The first two computer labs benefited Hoosier veterans through the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation and the Donald W. Moreau, Sr. Veterans House. The third benefited youth through the Fort Wayne Urban League, and the fourth and fifth donations were partnerships with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Evansville and Montgomery County.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County began operations in 1956, and today the Clubs provide programming and services for the most at-risk boys and girls within the community.

Each day, the Clubs provide powerful relationships with the youth they serve and open avenues of opportunity for young people across their community by offering safe places where young people can learn, grow and succeed.

“IGT Indiana’s generous donation will greatly enhance the lives of our Middlebury Club members every year by providing them with access to the latest in advanced computer technology,” said Kevin Deary, Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County President and CEO.

“This act of kindness demonstrates how much the community cares about the future of our youth, and it will inspire the students to study more, set goals and follow their dreams.”

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County provide a quality Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters their doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, equipped with the skills needed to have a successful life, and demonstrating good character and citizenship.

“Words cannot describe the excitement of our board, staff and the kids of our Middlebury Club. Education with STEM programming is vital in preparing our children for the future.

This lab allows us to show our kids, families and community that preparing our children for the future is our Club’s priority,” said Dean Miller, President of the Middlebury Club Board. “Thank you to IGT Indiana for your support of our kids who need us most.”

About IGT After School Advantage Program

IGT Indiana’s After School Advantage Program donates on average to each computer lab $15,000 worth of state-of-the-art technology, furniture and volunteer hours to non-profit organizations that sponsors educational programs in Indiana.

IGT Indiana’s After School Advantage Program is modeled after IGT’s global After School Advantage program that began in 1999.

The IGT ASA program’s goal is to address the needs of children during the critical after-school hours.

The program strives to close the “Digital Divide” for disadvantaged children who get left behind because they do not have the means to access computers in today’s increasingly digital society.

The ASA program has been implemented throughout the U.S., as well as the District of Columbia, Barbados, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts, Antigua, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. IGT employees volunteer their time and technology skills to restore, establish and maintain each computer lab. For more information, and to apply, visit www.igt.com.

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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Celebration for the 250th Anniversary of the First Draw Brings the Higher Prize to Durango and Chihuahua

250 years after its first draw, the transformation of a strong, transparent, inclusive National Lottery with social contributions

MEXICO (May 18, 2021) -- The Loter í National devoted his Special Drawing No. 243 to the commemoration of the 250th anniversary celebration of the first draw, confirming that the institution has consolidated over the years as transparent entity, solid and provides trust between the Mexicans.

 

 

In this context, Margarita González Saravia Calderón, general director of the National Lottery, mentioned that the celebration frames the trajectory of the National Lottery as one of the oldest in the country, which implies a responsibility and social commitment of all those who comprise it.

Among them, the vendors, vendors, wallets, workers and screaming children: “who together form the heart of this noble institution”, he was right.

Saravia Calderón also shared: “Currently we hold 276 raffles each month between traditional and electronic.

With the merger process that we are carrying out, the organization will be strengthened, because they have designed a great marketing plan that will generate many more resources for the public finances aimed at social, health and public welfare programs.”

For her part, Alma Itzel De Lira Castillo, general director of Games and Raffles of the Ministry of the Interior, recognized the importance of preserving the historical heritage of the National Lottery, which includes events that are evidence of support for projects such as the sanctuary of the Virgen de Guadalupe, the Mexico-Toluca railway, the General Hospital, the remodeling of Paseo de la Reforma, the rebuilding of the Basilica of Guadalupe, the Morisco kiosk, among others.

Thus, he highlighted the figure of the Screaming Children as a symbol of transparency, legality and inclusion and showed that the celebration extends, celebrating the new stage of the institution that is being shaped with a cultural character and making historical memory visible.

During her speech, Irma Eréndira Sandoval Ballesteros, secretary of the Public Function, mentioned that in addition to the historical wealth, the social contribution of the institution forms the central character that has distinguished it since its foundation: “For 250 years, even before our birth as an independent country, the National Lottery already represented social and cultural wealth,” he said.

“They count on the Ministry of Public Function to work, to offer the most valuable thing we have, which is the human resource, and their expertise, and to transform the regulations and de-bureaucratize the institution.

I am sure that if they continue to work as they have been doing since the first day of the government, the Lottery will not only rebuild itself, but it will last another 250 years or many more,” Secretary Sandoval Ballesteros told Lottery managers National.

When taking the floor, Eduardo Villegas Megías, General Coordinator of Historical and Cultural Memory of Mexico recalled that the very life of the National Lottery testifies to national events and, with this, a long tradition has been formed among Mexicans.

 

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Finally, Villegas Megías said: "For this reason, we celebrate today the birthday of the first draw, 250 years ago, of the National Lottery, which represents for Mexican women, for Mexicans, trust, certainty and transparency, but above all it represents equality," he concluded.

The Special Draw No. 243 had a total of 530 million pesos in prizes. The Grand Prize of 250 million pesos corresponded to banknote No. 42132, the first and second series were distributed for sale in Gómez Palacio, Durango, the third series was sent for sale to Chihuahua, Chihuahua, the fourth series was arranged for its sale through electronic means. The second prize for 12 million pesos corresponded to ticket No. 59882, the first three series were distributed for sale in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, the fourth series was available for sale through electronic media.

Refunds corresponded to numbers 2 and 2.

The list with the prizes and reimbursements can be found here.

SOURCE: Lotería Nacional para la Asistencia Pública.

 

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Friday's Kentucky Lottery Corporation's Board of Director's Meeting: Sales Remaining Strong

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (May 17, 2021) -- Sales figures for Kentucky Lottery tickets shared today during their board of directors meeting shows sales remaining strong – and higher than at any other point in the 32-year history of the organization.

Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison reported fiscal year-to-date sales (July-April) totaled $1.3 billion, which is $369.7 million (or 39.6%) more than the same period last year, and $248.9 million (or 23.6%) more than budget. For context, the Lottery sold $1.2 billion in tickets for the entirety of fiscal year 2020.

According to Garrison, a big driver of the increase has been an explosion in the sale of Scratch-off tickets. Sales of that product alone are up $226.4 million (or 40.2%), from $563.7 million for the year-to-date period in 2020 to $790.1 million for the same period in 2021.

Sales via the internet have also dramatically increased, up 243% for the same period last year.

The iLottery platform has posted $107.1 million in sales year-to-date, up from $31.2 million for the same period last year (a $75.9 million increase).

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Year-to-date net income totaled $290.5 million, which is $82.2 million (or 39.4%) more than last year and $61 million (or 26.5%) more than budget.

“We’ve been in a unique position to thrive during the pandemic,” said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Mary Harville.

“When most all other forms of entertainment were shut down during the early part of the pandemic, most of our retailers, gas stations and grocery stores, remained open.

We made sure they were well-stocked with fun and entertaining games at a variety of price points.

I really believe players rediscovered the fun of lottery games during that period, and, as things have opened up, it’s clear they’ve continued to enjoy our games.”

In other business, the board approved contracts with:

 

• Goldberg Simpson LLC and Valenti Hanley PLLC for outside legal services;

• Volta/8X8 Inc. for a cloud-based phone solution, implementation and related services;

• Gaming Labs International for random number generator evaluation, lottery ball testing and related services;

• Bandy Carroll Hellige for traditional media advertising and related services;

• The Buntin Group for digital media advertising services and advertising space;

• Bulletproof Solutions Inc. for computer and lottery security services;

• Amendments to the Lottery’s procurement procedures, and;

• Rules and regulations for four scratch-off tickets and 11 Instant Play games, along with game amendments to the Powerball, Lucky for Life, Pick 3 and Pick 4 games.

 

The next meeting of the KLC’s board of directors will be June 25th, 2021. The meeting will be held virtually and will begin at 10:00 AM EST, and will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in Louisville. The audit committee meeting will begin at 8:00 AM EST, as well as the procurement committee at 9:00 AM EST.

The Kentucky Lottery has earned over $6.0 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989. 

KLC dividends pay for college scholarships, grants and education programs.

Visit www.kylottery.com to learn more.

SOURCE: The Kentucky Lottery Corporation.

 

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The Illinois Lottery Launches Quick Spot

Fast Play® Expands with Progressive Suite of Games

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CHICAGO, Illinois (May 17, 2021) -- Building on the successful launch of Fast Play, the Illinois Lottery is introducing a new suite of progressive Fast Play games called Quick Spot.

Launched in September 2020, the Fast Play category was the first of its kind to be sold in Illinois.  Four Fast Play games were introduced when the game was brought into the market with a variety of play styles and prize types for Illinois players to choose from. This included set and progressive jackpots where the jackpot grows every 2 minutes.

The addition of Quick Spot brings a new element to the game with a progressive-play style that gives players the chance to choose how much to play for and for what share of the jackpot they could win.

Players can choose to buy a ticket for $1, $5, or $10:

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• A $1 ticket win pays 10% of the jackpot. (minimum jackpot = $1,000)

• A $5 ticket win pays 50% of the jackpot (minimum jackpot = $5,000)

• A $10 ticket win pays 100% of the jackpot, (minimum jackpot = $10,000)

 

In just over six months in the market, players have bought over 7 million Fast Play tickets, generating over $30 million in sales revenue for the Illinois Lottery.  These games have brought home big prizes for players across Illinois too, with almost $21 million in prizes paid out across the state.

Fast Play is available in every Illinois Lottery retail outlet statewide and for more information on Quick Spot and other Fast Play games, visit the Illinois Lottery website.

CONTACT: Jessica Perez, T: (312) 965-4139.

About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $21 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like homelessness prevention, Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Alzheimer’s, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

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NC Education Lottery Passes $30 Billion in Sales Milestone

RALEIGH, NC (May 18, 2021) – The N.C. Education Lottery passed a major milestone in May, rolling past $30 billion in total sales.

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Ticket sales since the lottery started 15 years ago cleared the milestone on Monday, May 10th. Along with the sales, the lottery posted some other big numbers including:

 

• $18.5 billion in prizes

• $2.1 billion in commissions to retailers

• $8.1 billion for education programs in North Carolina.

 

“What those numbers show is the power that U.S. lotteries have for doing good for the people we serve,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “You can’t achieve results like this unless the players like your games and are having fun winning prizes. It’s exciting to see and to be part of the team that is making this happen.”

So far, the Education Lottery has managed to increase its sales every year of its operations and is on track to set a new sales record this year. Last year, sales were $3.02 billion. The lottery averaged $8.2 million a day in ticket sales, $5.3 million a day in prizes, and $2 million a day raised for education.

North Carolina dedicates the money raised by the lottery to education programs. Currently, the money raised supports public school by helping with the costs of school staff and school transportation; helps to build new schools and repairs older ones; provides scholarships and grants to attend college based on financial need; and supports NC Pre-K, a free academic prekindergarten program for at-risk four-year-olds.

SOURCE: The N.C. Education Lottery.

 

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FDJ Group Appoints Andy Wright as New Sporting Group CEO

BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, France (May 13, 2021) - FDJ Group appoints Andy Wright as new Sporting Group CEO. FDJ Group announces Simon Trim to step down as Sporting Group CEO. Simon Trim will continue to support the Group as a special advisor to the CEO.

FDJ Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Wright as the new CEO of Sporting Group, who will succeed Simon Trim. Simon Trim is stepping down after 23 years at the company – including the last 5 years as CEO – after overseeing the successful integration of Sporting Group into FDJ Group following its acquisition in June 2019.

Simon Trim will take a role of Special Advisor to the CEO to support a seamless transition of the company’s leadership over the next few months and help bring certain strategic growth initiatives further forward.

Andy Wright has over twenty years’ experience in senior leadership roles across multiple jurisdictions within the gambling sector, most recently leading Tabcorp’s Wagering arm in Australia, and before as a part of Ladbrokes Executive Leadership team as Group Trading Director.

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Xavier Etienne, FDJ Group Executive Vice-President Technology and International, said: “I would like to thank Simon Trim for his dedication and stewardship over the years and the achievements of Sporting until today, building strong brands and making an impact on its markets. FDJ Group respects his decision and believes leading a business such as Sporting Group with its exciting plans for the future requires strong experience in the industry. Andy Wright has a unique blend of skills in many relevant areas for Sporting Group and FDJ Group. Along with his operational capabilities and recognized leadership, he is the perfect fit for us to further enhance the execution of our strategy.”

Andy Wright said: “I am delighted to join Sporting Group at this exciting period of its evolution. I have admired its excellence of pricing, trading and risk management for many years and how it has leveraged this capability and the Sporting Index brand awareness to expand its B2B operation with Sporting Solutions across the globe.”

About Sporting Group

The UK based Sporting Group is one of the world’s leading names in sports betting technology and trading; it was acquired by FDJ Group in 2019. Sporting Group have two principal divisions – a B2C operation with Sporting Index, the pre-eminent sports spread betting company, and a B2B operation Sporting Solutions which provides betting services for FDJ Group (EPA: FDJ.PA) and over 40 operators in regulated jurisdictions, including many of the best-known bookmakers in the UK and internationally. Sporting Solutions is the premium supplier and market leader for odds provision, trading expertise & risk management services and software solutions. https://www.sportinggroup.co.uk/

About La Française des Jeux (FDJ Group)

France’s national lottery and leading gaming operator, the #2 lottery in Europe and #4 worldwide, FDJ offers secure, enjoyable and responsible gaming to the general public in the form of lottery games (draws and instant games) and sports betting (ParionsSport), available from physical outlets and online. FDJ’s performance is driven by a portfolio of iconic and recent brands, the #1 local sales network in France, a growing market, recurring investment and a strategy of innovation to make its offering and distribution more attractive with an enhanced gaming experience.

FDJ Group is listed on the Euronext Paris regulated market (Compartment A – FDJ.PA) and is included in indices such as the SBF 120, Euronext Vigeo 20, STOXX Europe 600, MSCI Europe and FTSE Euro.

SOURCE: La Française des Jeux (FDJ Group).

 

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WestLotto Receives Award for Exemplary Behaviour!

WestLotto awarded the seal of "Exemplary Company in Crisis"

MÜNSTER, Germany (May 14, 2021) -- In a study by the FAZ Institute, 70,000 companies in Germany were examined for their exemplary behavior. Westdeutsche Lotterie GmbH & Co. OHG (WestLotto) is one of the 300 companies that successfully passed all categories and were awarded the coveted seal.

The entire world has been fighting the corona virus for over a year. It is all the more important that companies outside of their core business do not forget their social responsibility and use their opportunities to make life a little easier in times of pandemics. The FAZ Institute has analyzed how strong this willingness is in companies in Germany and examined 70,000 companies more closely in a study. In the field of service providers, Germany's largest lottery organizer was able to shine as a role model and was awarded the seal of “exemplary company in crisis.”

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"The past few months have shown us once again how important it is to take responsibility as a company - and that courage and trust pay off.", Says Andreas Kötter, management spokesman for Westlotto, who is also proud of the performance of the employees and employees in the crisis year.

In the pandemic year, WestLotto placed its commitment on three important pillars. The focus was first on the safety of the employees, who were given instructions for their work with extensive protection and hygiene regulations that went well beyond what is legally required. This was supported by a comprehensive digital expansion concept, which enables over 95% of the workforce to work fully from home. For the next few weeks, the company plans to send the workforce and their family members a vaccination offer in a separate vaccination line via the company doctor.

As a second pillar, the almost 3,200 lottery acceptance points in North Rhine-Westphalia (approx. 14,000 employees) could be helped with Corona emergency aid with hygiene and various measures to secure business livelihoods.

Social cohesion was and is in the foreground in the third pillar. Immediate aid in the form of face masks for sellers of homeless magazines, financial aid for the student corona emergency fund of the University of Münster or the large 500 × 500 program for NRW culture are actions that help others get through the pandemic. At 500 × 500, 750 NRW artists were given a digital platform for their submitted art videos, each of which was endowed with 500 euros by WestLotto.

"In the current corona crisis, the terms trust and responsibility have just got a whole new meaning," says Andreas Kötter about the background of the measures taken. The corona virus has changed public life and unsettled people. Therefore, at the beginning of the pandemic, WestLotto already supported the government and science in communicating about the corona warning app. Many employees publicly spoke out in favor of using the app in a Twitter campaign. “We wanted to make a contribution and be a role model in the crisis. Because doing nothing was and is the wrong way! The fact that we received an award today shows that we are on the right track,” comments Andreas Kötter on the company's award.

SOURCE: Westdeutsche Lotterie GmbH & Co. OHG (WestLotto).

 

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IGT Slots Pay Out More Than $16 Million in Life-Changing Jackpots in April

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LONDON, U.K. (May 12, 2021) – International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced today that four massive jackpots totaling more than $16 million were awarded on its Megabucks®, Powerbucks®, and Wheel of Fortune® slots games in April.

Lucky slot players won the following million dollar-plus jackpots on IGT games:

  • On April 20, a Wheel of Fortune slots player won $1,914,302 playing Wheel of Fortune New Orleans at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla.
  • On April 26, a Megabucks slots player won $10,453,269 playing Megabucks Triple Double Stars® Wheel at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • On April 27, a Wheel of Fortune slots player won $2,946,337 playing Wheel of Fortune Double Times Pay 3X4X5X and Design® game at The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas.
  • Also on April 27, an online Powerbucks slots player won CA$1,334,516 playing Wheel of Fortune Hawaiian Getaway in Ontario, Canada.

 

The $10 million-plus Megabucks jackpot is the largest slots jackpot awarded in Nevada thus far in 2021. IGT Powerbucks Slots have paid 28 jackpots of $1 million or more since its Canadian debut in 2016. Wheel of Fortune slots have minted over 1,100 millionaires and awarded over $3.3 billion in jackpots since its launch in 1995.

For more information, visit IGT.com or go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGTJackpots, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/IGTJackpots 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.

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC (IGT).

 

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Loteria do Estado da Paraíba Joins CIBELAE as a New Regular Member

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PARAÍBA, Brazil (May 14, 2021) -- The Loteria do Estado da Paraíba (LOTEP) has become a regular member of the Ibero-American Corporation of State Lotteries and Gambling (CIBELAE), thus reinforcing its commitment to regional integration and cooperation in matters of social responsibility, responsible gaming, security and prevention of money laundering.

As reported by CIBELAE, with this step both institutions strengthen their collaboration in terms of training and implementation of good practices in the lottery and gambling sector, promoting the improvement, modernization and optimization of state recreational activity.

LOTEP, the first lottery of a Brazilian state to join CIBELAE, is an autonomous institution of the Government of the State of Paraíba, linked to the Ministry of Tourism and Economic Development.

It was created on April 2, 1955 by Governor José Américo de Almeida, and ratified in 1956 by President Juscelino Kubitschek.

“A little more than 8 months ago we began a new stage that brought with it reforms and improvements both in our physical spaces and in the organizational structure.

LOTEP offers the inhabitants of Paraiba not only lottery services, but also results that provide social benefits to the entire population.

Our membership with CIBELAE is one more step in our development as an institution dedicated to social welfare. If LOTEP advances, the State of Paraíba advances much more,” reported from the Lottery.

SOURCE: CIBELAE.

 

 

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Konami Gaming and Bet.Works Launch Advanced Casino Loyalty Conveniences to Omni-Channel Sports Betting

Systems technology collaboration interlaces player sports betting activity with core casino management system for seamless, real-time patron interaction

LAS VEGAS, NV (May 17, 2021) - Konami Gaming, Inc. and Bet.Works, a leading U.S. based sports betting platform provider being acquired by Bally’s Corporation, announced a joint integration to introduce advanced casino loyalty conveniences to the player sports betting experience.

Tightly-engineered interfaces between Bet.Works and Konami’s award-winning SYNKROS® casino management system provide land-based casinos the ability to easily validate age eligibility, automatically enroll online and mobile sign-ups into a loyalty program, and seamlessly award casino loyalty points for all wagers, whether placed online, via mobile device, at point-of-sale (POS), or at a kiosk.

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Elite Casino Resorts has successfully launched these leading conveniences across its ELITE Sportsbook™ and three Iowa gaming resort destinations: Riverside Casino & Golf Resort®, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort®, and Rhythm City Casino Resort®.

“At its core, SYNKROS is designed to empower casinos to grow and leverage the latest top technology available, through its robust, dependable, and scalable architecture,” said Tom Jingoli, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Konami Gaming, Inc. “When we can work together to create more convenience for the player, more growth opportunities for the operator, and more technology advancements for the industry, then everyone benefits.”

“The result of this joint integration is truly a turn-key solution for casinos to extend their loyalty experience in and throughout the sports betting module,” said Bet.Works SVP of Business Development Marc Brody. “The supportive networks between SYNKROS and Bet.Works make an array of interactions more seamless and automated for players and operators.”

As a designated reseller, Konami offers these services to SYNKROS properties looking to add sportsbook to their gaming portfolio. The solutions engineered between Konami and Bet.Works are successfully demonstrated in the field at Iowa locations operated by Elite Casino Resorts. The locally owned, Iowa-based company has been a SYNKROS customer for more than 15 years.

“As a multi-site, multi-channel operator, we believe a consistent and convenient loyalty experience is especially important. The interface between Konami and Bet.Works allows us to achieve this aspect while expanding our entertainment offering,” said Karlyn Ollendick, chief operating officer at Elite Casino Resorts. “Player response and adoption has exceeded expectations, and we’re anticipating continued growth as SYNKROS and Bet.Works continue to work together to drive engagement and rewards through ELITE Sportsbook.”

Those interested in learning more about SYNKROS’ award-winning product suite are encouraged to visit http://www.konamigaming.com

SOURCE: Konami Gaming, Inc.

 

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Lottoland Joins All-in Diversity Project as its Latest Founding Member

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  • Providing more perspective as we drive forward and grow.

 

GIBRALTAR (May 13, 2021) -- World leading online Lotto Betting Operator Lottoland announces decision to join the All-In Diversity project - an industry-driven initiative to benchmark diversity, equality and inclusion for the global betting and gaming sector.

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Nigel Birrell CEO says: “Lottoland is really pleased to join the All-in Diversity project as a Founding Member. As a global employer – employing people from 29 nationalities and speaking between us 30 different languages, Lottoland is committed to providing a fun, safe and fully inclusive culture where our people feel like they are truly part of the Lottoland family. We are a multicultural business that celebrates, values and respects individual differences, no matter what your sexuality, gender, gender identity, age, ability, race, religion or beliefs are, all of our employees have a voice, and we provide an environment to ensure everyone can do their best work. We are committed to continuously evaluating and improving our ways of working and we look forward to working with our partners to make our industry a more inclusive environment.”

“Over the past year, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion has taken a much bigger stage within our businesses and across our industry. It has become imperative that we work together across all products, departments, jurisdictions and roles to improve how we do business and how we value our people. Lottery is a significant sector of the industry and having this perspective as we drive forward will benefit all businesses involved. Having Lottoland supporting the Project is incredibly important as it means that we now have a Steering Group that is representative of absolutely every aspect of the industry, including lottery - not only the most popular and widely acceptable face of the gaming industry across the world but also a product which embodies diversity, equality and inclusion like no other. We are very proud to welcome them aboard,” says Christina Thakor-Rankin, Co-Founder of All-in Diversity Project.

The All-in Diversity Project is a non-profit dedicated to helping businesses and industry improve Diversity, Equality & Inclusion. All-in is a central resource for data and tools that help businesses make DEI a successful business strategy. Our Founding Members provide guidance and support sharing best practices and resources. Lottoland joins the likes of Entain, Microgaming, IGT, SiS, Caesars, Betsson, Scientific Games, Flutter, Gaming Innovation Group, and Kindred Group.

SOURCE: Lottoland.

 

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