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Vol. 96 No.11 - September 13, 2021

 

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Shortlisted in Two Categories in the VIXIO Gambling Compliance Global Regulatory Awards 2021

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (September 9, 2021) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has been shortlisted in two categories in the VIXIO GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2021 (GRA’s).

GLI’s SVP of Quality and Technical Compliance Christine Gallo has been shortlisted in the Chief Compliance Officer of the Year category, and Technical Compliance Specialist, Digital Mike Robbins has been shortlisted in the Compliance Rising Star category.

 

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“As one of the world’s foremost compliance organizations, we are thrilled that Christine and Mike have been shortlisted for these honors. Their dedication to compliance serves as a model to our staff worldwide, which leverages our decades of global experience to help our clients achieve their goals, no matter how big or small, or how unique the challenge,” said GLI CEO James Maida.

Under Gallo’s leadership, GLI helps thousands of clients in 480 jurisdictions achieve and maintain compliance. The millions of gaming equipment certifications her team have awarded for suppliers and regulators are the gaming industry’s backbone. She continually raises the profile of compliance throughout GLI’s 24 offices, reminding the company’s teams that compliance is priority one.

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Robbins pioneers new testing methodologies, and he is a standards expert whose knowledge and insights are sought after by GLI’s clients all over the world, from both established and emerging jurisdictions. His vast knowledge of existing and emerging technologies makes him an authority on how evolving technologies affect existing regulations and vice versa, making him an essential expert in the overall evolution of the gaming industry.

According to event organizers, the VIXIO GRAs recognize and celebrate the achievements of individuals, teams, and businesses across the gambling landscape who have excelled in the field of compliance, corporate social responsibility, and responsible gambling over the course of the year.

For more information about how GLI can give you leading compliance advice and insights into the future of gaming, contact your GLI representative. You can also learn more by following GLI on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) 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 (GLI).

 

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Leading European Betting Operator Flutter Joins EGBA

EGBA is pleased to announce Flutter has joined our association, strengthening the representation and cooperation of Europe’s leading online gambling operators.

BRUSSELS, Belgium (September 8, 2021) – Leading European betting operator Flutter, with popular brands such as Paddy Power, Betfair, PokerStars and Sky Betting & Gaming, has joined the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), the Brussels-based trade association representing the leading online gambling operators established, licensed, and regulated within the EU.

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Flutter is one of the largest online operators in the world with net gaming revenue of over €5.9bn in 2020. Flutter joins EGBA in its commitment to and promotion of greater industry responsibility in Europe’s online gambling sector, with the CEOs of EGBA’s member companies recently issuing a joint commitment to taking the lead in fostering a stronger culture of safer gambling in Europe.

“We are very pleased that Flutter has joined the EGBA family and welcome its commitment towards our ideals of sustainability and fostering a stronger culture of safer gambling in Europe. Flutter is a leading player in our sector, and its membership will enable us to strengthen our existing efforts to encourage and deepen industry cooperation and participation at European level. It’s the collective ambition of our members to be top of the class in terms of industry responsibility and Flutter’s membership strengthens our commitment and position. We are determined to ensure Europe’s online gambling sector is more united and coordinated in its objectives and responsibilities, and we continue to invite Europe’s other reputable online gambling companies to join us in this mission,” said Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA.

“Safer Gambling and sustainability are paramount to everything we do at Flutter, so joining the EGBA was a natural fit for us. We look forward to working with other members to ensure the online gambling sector within Europe is more united on our role and responsibilities,” said Pádraig Ó Ríordáin, Chief Legal Officer & Group Commercial Director, Flutter.

SOURCE: European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA).

 

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Scratch A Jackpot on Four New Texas Lottery® Games

Top prizes range from $5,000 to $1 million; non-winning tickets can be entered into the $5 Million Vegas Challenge® Promotional Second-Chance Drawings

AUSTIN, Texas (September 2, 2021) – Playing for a jackpot doesn’t have to include waiting for a drawing. Starting Sept. 7, lottery players can scratch for one instantly when they play any of the new Jackpot scratch ticket games from the Texas Lottery.

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The four-game family, with tickets priced from $1 to $20, is loaded with more than $318.1 million in total cash prizes, including top prizes ranging from $5,000 to $1 million.

In addition, Texas Lottery® players can enter their non-winning tickets into the $5 Million Vegas Challenge® Promotional Second-Chance Drawings for a chance to win a $100 cash prize plus an entry into a second drawing for a trip for two to Las Vegas to play the $5 Million Vegas Challenge®.

“The Texas Lottery just completed another record-breaking year for lottery sales and we believe the new Jackpot family of scratch ticket games, along with the $5 Million Vegas Challenge® second-chance promotion, will get the 2022 fiscal year off to a very strong start as we look towards generating another record contribution for Texas public education over the next year,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.

“While we wish our players good luck as they enjoy the new Jackpot scratch ticket games, we want to remind them to play responsibly. It only takes one ticket to win.”

The four-game Jackpot family of scratch ticket games includes:

 

• $1,000,000 Jackpot offers more than $148.1 million in total cash prizes throughout the game. The $20 game in the family features 30 chances to win a cash prize, including one of four $1 million top prizes.

• $500,000 Jackpot comes with 25 chances to win a cash prize on every ticket. With more than $99.5 million in total prizes available in the $10 game, there are six top prizes worth $500,000.

• $200,000 Jackpot has over $60.6 million in total cash prizes up for grabs in the game. The $5 game features 20 chances to win a cash prize on every ticket, including one of nine top prizes worth $200,000. SCRATCH A JACKPOT ON FOUR NEW TEXAS LOTTERY® GAMES/Page 2

• $5,000 Jackpot contains more than $9.9 million in total cash prizes throughout the game, including 20 top prizes worth $5,000. The cost to play is only $1.

 

Jackpot scratch ticket players that enter non-winning tickets into the $5 Million Vegas Challenge® Promotional Second-Chance Drawings through their Luck Zone accounts will receive a number of entries based on the price point of the entered ticket— e.g., a $1,000,000 Jackpot ticket ($20 price point) earns the player 20 entries in the drawing, a $5,000 Jackpot ticket ($1 price point) earns the player one entry in the drawing, etc.

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The entry deadlines for the first four separate second-chance drawings are: Oct. 1, Oct. 29, Nov. 26 and Dec. 31. The entry deadline for the fifth drawing will be scheduled once the end-of-game dates for the games are determined by the Texas Lottery.

All four Jackpot games are available where Texas Lottery scratch ticket games are sold.

About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $33 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $71 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $27.4 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas.

As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $164 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.

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

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

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BCLC Releases 2020/21 Financial Performance and Accountability Disclosure

KAMLOOPS, B.C. (August 27, 2021) — BCLC has released its 2020/21 financial performance in its Annual Service Report, highlighting record-setting revenues from its lottery and eGaming channels.

BCLC is focused on delivering entertainment in a socially responsible manner to generate revenue for the Province of British Columbia.

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As outlined in the 2020/21 Mandate Letter, the Province of B.C. uses revenue generated by BCLC to fund the BC First Nations Gaming Revenue Sharing Agreement, public health care, education, charitable community programs, and other provincial and Host Local Government programs and services.

In 2020/21, BCLC delivered $419 million in net income to the Province of B.C. Innovative, product offerings online and in retail led to a record-setting year for lottery sales and PlayNow.com: the only online gambling site in the province whose profits go back to the Province of B.C.

Increased activity and player registration on PlayNow.com resulted in a 135 per cent year-over-year total revenue growth to $421.4 million, and lottery revenue achieved a record amount of $544 million.

Full details of BCLC’s financial performance are in the 2020/21 Annual Service Plan Report.

BCLC’s 2020/21 Statement of Executive Compensation is also now available on bclc.com as well as the Public Sector Employer’s Council Secretariat website.

BCLC annually discloses all compensation provided to the CEO and the next four highest paid executives.

Since 1985, BCLC has been helping communities grow. Thanks to players in B.C., more than $25 billion generated by gambling activities went back into health care, education and community groups across B.C. Learn more here.

SOURCE: BCLC.

 

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FIFA Publishes Report on Ten Years of International Transfers

  • USD 48.5 billion spent on transfer fees over the past decade
  • 200 FIFA member associations involved in international transfers
  • Top 30 clubs in terms of transfer fee spend are European

 

Zurich, Switzerland (September 1, 2021) – FIFA has published a report on international transfers in the men’s game during the 2011-2020 period, the most comprehensive review of transfers across the globe ever produced.

The report confirms that transfer market activity increased steadily over the past decade.

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From 11,890 transfers conducted in 2011 to a peak of 18,079 in 2019, a total of 133,225 international transfers and loans of professional players took place, while USD 48.5 billion was spent on transfer fees during the period.

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The transfers involved 66,789 players and 8,264 clubs across 200 FIFA member associations, thus underlining football’s role in the global economy. Brazilian nationals moving to foreign clubs topped the list with 15,128 transfers, followed by Argentinian (7,444), British (5,523), French (5,027) and Colombian footballers (4,287).

European clubs lead transfer fee spend

During the last decade, the number of clubs conducting international transfers grew by more than 30%, from 3,167 in 2011 to a peak of 4,139 in 2019. The list of top 30 clubs in terms of transfer fee spend was made up solely of European clubs: England (12 clubs), Spain and Italy (five each), Germany (three), France and Portugal (two each), and Russia (one).

Those 30 clubs alone spent a total of USD 22.8 billion on transfer fees, representing 47% of the global total over the decade.

Increased agents’ commissions

As identified by FIFA in its ongoing reform of the transfer system, the report also confirms a sharp decline in solidarity contributions, with the 2020 amount (USD 38.5 million) mirroring that of 2011 (USD 38.0 million). This trend reinforces the need for the FIFA Clearing House, which FIFA expects to help enforce training compensation and solidarity payments up to an amount of approximately USD 300 million per year.

The decline in training compensation payments is in stark contrast to the amount of commissions paid to agents, which increased from USD 131.1 million in 2011 to USD 640.5 million in 2019. A total of USD 3.5 billion was paid for agents’ commissions in international transfers over the course of the decade.

The report on ten years of international transfers is available here and on legal.FIFA.com.

Ten years of international transfers a report on international football transfers worldwide 2011-2020 (pdf).

SOURCE: FIFA.

 

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New Game Lets North Carolinians win a BIGGER SPIN for $2 million

RALEIGH, NC (September 6, 2021) – A new game from the North Carolina Education Lottery begins with a scratch-off ticket and ends with a ‘BIGGER SPIN’ of a giant prize wheel to win up to $2 million.

The BIGGER SPIN scratch-off ticket officially launches Tuesday. The $2 million prize is four times bigger than the prize offered in the BIG SPIN game two years ago.

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If players win a BIGGER SPIN, they get to take part in a live event by spinning a prize wheel. The six North Carolinians who spin the wheel are guaranteed to win at least $400,000, but could win the $2 million.

“We’re taking the thrill of winning to a bigger level,” Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery said. “On top of winning an instant big prize, our players are getting a once-in-a-lifetime experience of a live event where they try their luck and could win even more.”

The lottery will host the first BIGGER SPIN event on Facebook Live. At the event, before the winner takes a turn on the prize wheel, Facebook Live viewers can comment on a live stream for a chance to win a pack of $10 Bigger Spin scratch-offs of their own.

In all, the game offers six BIGGER SPIN top prizes. Five people will win their turn at the prize instantly on their scratch-off and a sixth will get a turn as a grand prize in a second-chance drawing. All BIGGER SPIN tickets can be entered into the drawing.

The game also offers bigger prizes than those that could be won instantly previously, including five $200,000 instant prizes -- twice as much as before -- and others ranging from $10 to $50,000.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have helped all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.

SOURCE: North Carolina Education Lottery.

 

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OKTO’s Mobile Payment App Expands Across the UK on Inspired Gaming Machines

OKTO app users will enjoy a rapidly growing number of Inspired gaming machines on which OKTO payments are accepted across UK pubs.

LONDON, U.K. (September 6, 2021) – OKTO has teamed up with Inspired Entertainment, a leading UK supplier of gaming solutions to the family entertainment, pubs, and motorway service sectors, to expand the network of gaming machines in the UK leisure sector that accept the OKTO app for mobile cashless payments. The deal marks the start of a strategic partnership between OKTO and Inspired across different channels.

Responding to increasing demand for a cashless ecosystem, the fintech provider will offer its fully licensed OKTO.WALLET electronic money payment platform on Inspired gaming machines across UK Pubs, delivering an enhanced payment experience. Thanks to the collaboration between OKTO and Inspired, even more pubgoers will now be able to deposit and withdraw funds on gaming machines in a safe, transparent, seamless, and fast way through the OKTO mobile app while at the same time benefitting from the use of a range of integrated social responsibility tools designed to enhance player protection and encourage safer gambling.

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The partnership secures broader payment options for consumers and increases customer engagement and footfall, giving a boost after the pandemic to the leisure and gaming sectors. The OKTO app includes a secure Know Your Customer (KYC) process along with age verification and also provides facilities for consumers to enable transaction limits and time-out breaks. 

Meeting all the niche demands of the leisure and gaming sectors and their users, the OKTO.WALLET platform allows pubgoers to move funds instantly across the entire payment ecosystem via the open and interconnected OKTO mobile app that can be used in all touchpoints of the venue and beyond through the OKTO Prepaid Mastercard® linked to the users’ OKTO wallet account.

The solution will be launched with Inspired’s key Pub retail partners in September and will be available on Inspired’s latest range of Category C gaming products.

Simon Dorsen, Director of Gaming at OKTO, said: “Inspired is a major supplier to the UK Pub and Gaming sector and this collaboration along with other recently announced partners in the sector, strengthens OKTO’s position as the go to mobile payments app for consumers and operators in the leisure sector. 

Digital payments for F&B sales are surging in pubs due to the pandemic accelerating changing habits, and now OKTO enables pubs to extend and satisfy their customers’ desire for digital payments also at the gaming machines.

Our easy-to-use solution allows players to go simply to a gaming machine, press a button to use OKTO, and deposit funds to start playing. And it is the same in the cashout; they get the winnings back to the OKTO wallet in real-time. Alongside, we can also onboard pubs as merchants, if OKTO users can spend some money on food and drink in the pub, they simply can, and they can also split the bill with their friends or send and receive money from their friends using simply the OKTO app.”

Peter Davies, Managing Director of the Leisure business at Inspired, commented: “From our initial introduction to OKTO we were extremely impressed by the breadth of knowledge and experience of cashless payment solutions demonstrated by the OKTO team. Their understanding and practical knowledge of the gaming sector in particular have allowed them to develop a mobile payment solution that fits perfectly into our product offer.

In particular the focus on player protection and social responsibility stood out, together with the simplicity of the solution itself. We are delighted to be working in close collaboration with OKTO and are looking forward to rolling the solution out in conjunction with our customers and offering machine players a safe, secure and feature rich alternative to cash.”

SOURCE: OKTO press release.

 

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NeoGames Announce the Commencement of an Underwritten Public Offering of Ordinary Shares

LUXEMBOURG (September 7, 2021) -- NeoGames S.A. (Nasdaq: NGMS) (“NeoGames” or the "Company"), a technology-driven provider of end-to-end iLottery solutions, announced today the commencement of an underwritten public offering of 3,457,346 ordinary shares by certain shareholders pursuant to a registration statement on Form F-1 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Certain shareholders participating in the offering intend to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 518,601 ordinary shares at the public offering price, less the underwriting discount.

J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank Securities are acting as joint lead book-running managers and as representatives of the underwriters for the proposed offering. BofA Securities, Macquarie Capital and Truist Securities are acting as book-running managers for the proposed offering. Stifel is acting as co-manager for the proposed offering.

The offering shall be made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the preliminary prospectus relating to the proposed offering may be obtained from: J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, by telephone at 866-803-9204 or by email at prospectus-eq_fi@jpmorganchase.com; and Deutsche Bank Securities, Attn: Prospectus Department, 60 Wall Street, New York, New York 10005, telephone: 800-503-4611 or via email: prospectus.cpdg@db.com.

A registration statement on Form F-1 relating to the offering of ordinary shares has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. The ordinary shares may not be sold, nor may offers to buy be accepted, prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

SOURCE: NeoGames.

 

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International Game Technology PLC Announces New Digital & Betting Business Segment and Provides Investor Day Update

Segment comprises high-growth iGaming and sports betting businesses

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LONDON, Sept. 8, 2021 -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) ("IGT" or the "Company") today announced that it has established a dedicated Digital & Betting business segment, comprising its iGaming and sports betting activities that were previously part of the Global Gaming segment. As a result, beginning with the third quarter of FY2021, IGT will report results under three business segments: Global Lottery, Global Gaming and Digital & Betting. The IGT iLottery business will remain part of the Company's Global Lottery segment.

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.

Enrico Drago will serve as CEO, Digital & Betting, reporting to Marco Sala, CEO of IGT, effective immediately. Drago, 44, previously had oversight of the IGT iGaming, iLottery and sports betting businesses as Senior Vice President, PlayDigital.

"IGT has established strong leadership positions and driven dynamic growth across its iGaming and sports betting businesses. With significant growth expected to continue, we have decided to establish a dedicated Digital & Betting business segment," said Marco Sala, CEO of IGT. "These businesses have become strategically important to IGT as they afford us the opportunity to leverage the global reach and strong customer relationships of our Global Gaming segment. The new structure gives us more flexibility in our product and solutions portfolio and enables better appreciation of the intrinsic value of these activities."

In advance of its third quarter 2021 earnings call, the Company expects to provide a recast of its historical financials to reflect the new segment disclosure.

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In addition, due to the increased restrictions and ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and its Delta variant, IGT has decided to hold its Investor Day event virtually and has moved its date to November 16, 2021. More information on the event will be forthcoming.

Executive Biography

Prior to his appointment as CEO, Digital & Betting, Enrico Drago served as Senior Vice President of PlayDigital from July, 2018, leading a fast-growing and award-winning portfolio of digital gaming/lottery and sports betting products, platforms and services. He has also served as Vice Chairman of De Agostini S.p.A., since June, 2021. As of June 30, 2021, De Agostini S.p.A. held approximately 50.40 percent of IGT's ordinary shares and approximately 64.98 percent of the voting rights attaching to IGT's ordinary shares. Drago also has served as an advisor for Nina Capital, a leading European venture capital firm focused on health technology companies, since 2019. He is the son of Marco Drago, a member of IGT's Board of Directors and the Chairperson of De Agostini S.p.A.

In 2014, Enrico Drago joined IGT as Chief Operating Officer for subsidiary Lottomatica, overseeing the Italian business strategy and operations. In 2017, he took on the role of Senior Vice President Global Interactive, Sports Betting and Licenses. Prior to joining IGT, he led teams for Inditex Italia, which he joined through a leadership program for high-potential managers. Drago was selected as the Italy Chief Operating Officer for brands Bershka, Pull & Bear, Zara Home, Oysho, Stradivarius and Massimo Dutti and appointed as Inditex Italia Managing Director in 2011. Prior to his roles with Inditex Italia, Drago worked with Puig Beauty and Fashion.

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 unrivalled 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 and outside U.S./Canada +1 (401) 392-7452

Francesco Luti, Italian media inquiries, +39 34 85475493

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

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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Microgaming’s Ancient Fortunes™: Poseidon WowPot Megaways™ Hit for €3.8 Million Just Days After Launch

ISLE OF MAN (September 7, 2021) – Microgaming’s newest progressive jackpot slot, Ancient Fortunes™: Poseidon WowPot Megaways™, has paid out at a massive €3,898,637.78* prize at Videoslots Casino.

A Videoslots player in Sweden struck the top WowPot jackpot on 23 August 2021, just four days after Ancient Fortunes™: Poseidon WowPot Megaways™ went live to operators on Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network.

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Developed exclusively for Microgaming by Triple Edge Studios, the mythology themed online slot is the first to employ Big Time Gaming’s trademarked Megaways™ mechanic alongside the WowPot progressive jackpot, which debuted in February 2021.

The latest WowPot win is the second largest in the jackpot’s history, eclipsed only by a whopping €17,529,047.11* hit on 14 April 2021, and it marks the fourth millionaire* to be made by WowPot to date.

So far this year, Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network has awarded 2.6 million wins across all jackpots, tiers and games, equating to more than €143 million and taking all-time wins above the €1.45 billion† mark.

John Coleman, CEO at Microgaming, comments: “It’s amazing to see another massive WowPot win dropping just days after Ancient Fortunes™: Poseidon WowPot Megaways™ was released network-wide to our customers. Congratulations to Videoslots on this impressive payout, and to their player in Sweden.”

William Ahlberg, Head of Commercials at Videoslots, adds: “We’re thrilled to provide our players with access to many of Microgaming’s legendary progressive jackpot slots – and even more so that one of our players has taken home the latest WowPot win, becoming a multi-millionaire!”   

* EUR currency equivalent. Not adjusted for inflation.

† Data up to and including 7 September 2021. All values expressed in EUR.

SOURCE: Microgaming (microgaming.co.uk).

 

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Betixon Partners with Lithuania’s Top Betting Brand, Topsport

TOPSport deal will amp up Betixon’s presence in one of Europe’s biggest growth markets

LONDON: 7th September 2021 – Mobile-focused casino games studio Betixon has announced a partnership with TOPsport, the leading operator in the Lithuanian betting market. Under the terms of the deal, Betixon will integrate its full portfolio of games into the TOPsport casino platform.

This includes Betixon’s ground-breaking Fortune Breakers series, which marries slots play with fantasy adventure and arcade-style fighting games.

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The deal will increase Betixon’s footprint in the burgeoning Lithuanian market, which experienced almost 100 percent growth in Q1 2021 compared with the corresponding period a year earlier.

TOPsport was the first operator to be licensed in Lithuania after the liberalization of the country’s gambling laws in 2001 and it remains its most recognized gaming brand.

According to figures released by the Lithuanian Gaming Board, TOPSport is a significant market leader, reporting almost eight times the pre-tax profit of its closest competitor. Along with impressive digital operations, the company owns 63 retail betting outlets across the country and 50 casino salons.

It's the third Lithuanian deal Betixon has secured in Lithuania this year, highlighting the company’s commitment to partnering with leading operators in regulated growth markets.

Lior Cohen, Co-Founder & CTO of Betixon, said: “We’re delighted to team up with the biggest brand in Lithuania, TOPSport. This is a really exciting market that’s primed for further growth, and we know our games are going to cause a splash with TOPsport customers.”

Gintaras Staniulis, Founder of TOPsport said: “We look for partners that are doing exciting and innovative things in the gaming space, and that made Betixon a natural fit for us. In terms of pure explosive excitement, there’s nothing else quite like them.”

SOURCE: Betxion press release.

 

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The Florida Lottery Reaches Major Milestone in Contributions to Education

More Than $40 Billion Generated in 33 Years!

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (September 8, 2021) – The Florida Lottery announces today its latest transfer to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) has brought its life-to-date education contributions to more than $40 billion over the past 33 years! So far in fiscal year 2021-22, the Lottery has averaged more than $5.6 million a day in contributions to education.

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“This is a tremendous accomplishment in our mission to enhance education in Florida,” said Florida Lottery Secretary John F. Davis.

“I fully believe that a solid education is the foundation to a successful life and the work we do every day at the Lottery provides vital support for all students – from the first day of kindergarten to college graduation. We remain steadfast in our focus to provide Floridians the best Lottery games available so that we can continue to create lasting educational opportunities for students to pursue their dreams of a brighter future.”

Since the Lottery’s inception, Florida’s public schools have received more than $21.2 billion, while colleges and universities have received a combined total of more than $10.5 billion. Additionally, more than $6.8 billion has been used to fund the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which has enabled more than 880,000 students to attend college since 1997.

The benefits of these Lottery dollars flow from community to community – from the Panhandle to the Keys. Since 1988, the Lottery has established itself as a committed and dependable funding source for public education, contributing more than $1 billion annually for the past 19 consecutive years while remaining one of the most efficiently operated Lotteries in the country.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $40 billion to education and sending more than 880,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 99 percent of its revenue back into 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 $77.6 billion in prizes and made more than 3,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: Florida Lottery Communications.

 

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Mississippi Lottery to Pick 16 Semi-Finalists for Millionaire of the Year Drawing

JACKSON, Mississippi (September 7, 2021) -- Just after midnight January 1, 2022, the Powerball® First Millionaire of the Year™ will be announced live on the ABC Network.

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The Mississippi Lottery is one of 30 lotteries participating in the nationwide promotion selecting semifinalists for the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve promotion.

The Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates Powerball, will randomly select five finalists from all the semifinalists submitted.

The First Millionaire of the New Year winner will be announced in the broadcast of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

On Friday, Sept. 10, the Mississippi Lottery will send an e-mail blast to all registered Mississippi Lottery Insiders.

Sixteen eligible Mississippi Lottery Insiders (ages 21+) who register at the link in the email will be chosen in a random drawing to become a semifinalist in the Powerball First Millionaire of the Year drawing and will receive a Mississippi Lottery prize pack.

The semi-finalists will be selected on Monday, Sept. 13, and notified by e-mail.

There is no purchase necessary to enter or win, just sign up to become a Mississippi Lottery Insider.

If you’re not a Mississippi Lottery Insider, sign up today.

Complete contest rules and details can be found on the Mississippi Lottery website.

SOURCE: The Mississippi Lottery.

 

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Nominations Accepted for KYCPG’s Gleason Award

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (September 4, 2021) -- Nominations for the annual Arch L. Gleason Award for Responsible Gambling Leadership now are being accepted by the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling (KYCPG). The Gleason Award honors gambling industry executives for commitment to and leadership of responsible gambling actions in their business and with their industry.

Nomination applications can be downloaded from the KYCPG website, www.kycpg.org (click on Gleason Award nomination link), or can be obtained by sending an e-mail to KYCPG Executive Director Michael R. Stone, kmstone1951@gmail.com.

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Questions can be directed to Stone by e-mail or by calling 502-223-1823. Nominations may be submitted from the gambling industry, individuals (including self), and councils on problem/addicted gambling.

The 2021 Gleason Award was presented to Gerald W. Beasley, Director of Human Resources and Compliance, Eldorado Resort Casino, Shreveport, La. Previous recipients were Chip Polston, Vice President of Communications, Public Relations and Social Responsibility, Kentucky Lottery Corporation; Alice Garland, Executive Director, North Carolina Education Lottery; and Thomas Meeker, retired President and CEO of Churchill Downs, Inc.

The Gleason Award winner will be honored at the 2022 KYCPG 25th Annual Educational and Awareness Conference in Owensboro, Ky., March 10-11, 2022. The recipient receives travel, housing and conference registration, and presents the conference keynote address.

About KYCPG

The Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to increase awareness of problem gambling, promote prevention and research, and advocate for the availability of treatment. KYCPG is supported by memberships and donations. Corporate members include Churchill Downs, Inc., Ellis Park, Keeneland Race Course, Kentucky Downs, The Red Mile, The Kentucky Lottery Corporation, IGT, KRM Wagering, Caesars Southern Indiana, Hollywood Casino Hotel, and Tropicana Casino.

Members of the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling Board of Directors are President, Director of Education and NCPG Representative RonSonLyn Clark, Psy.D., Owensboro; Secretary Sara Westerman, Crestwood; Treasurer Mike Townsend, Crestwood; Professional Adviser Curtis L. Barrett, Ph.D., Prospect; John Arnett, Florence; Jim Blackerby, Lexington; Dennis Boyd, Louisville; Scott Hunt, Ph.D., Richmond; Susan Jacobson, Petersburg; Gerrimy Keiffer, Owensboro; Patrick Malarkey, Louisville; and Chip Polston, Louisville.

Please contact KYCPG Executive Director Mike Stone for further information.

Phone: 502-223-1823; E-mail: kmstone1951@gmail.com

For information on problem gambling awareness and self-assessment, please visit www.kygamblinghelp.org.

For more information on KYCPG or on problem gambling issues, visit www.kycpg.org.

SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery Corporation.

 

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IGT Extends INTELLIGEN Contract with Atlantic Lottery Corporation Connecting 6,000 VLTs Across Four Provinces

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LONDON (September 9, 021) – IGT announced today that its subsidiary, IGT Canada Solutions ULC (hereinafter “IGT”), has extended its contract with the Atlantic Lottery Corporation for one year to continue providing its most advanced video lottery central system, INTELLIGEN™. This extension continues IGT’s legacy of winning video lottery terminal (VLT) systems bids across Canada, as all VLTs in the country are connected by IGT’s INTELLIGEN system. The Atlantic Lottery operates more than 6,000 VLTs across four Atlantic Canada provinces.

“IGT’s INTELLIGEN system offers the Atlantic Lottery progressive tools and functionality that help position the Lottery for future success,” said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Gaming.

“With more than 25 years of gaming central system development expertise with customers worldwide, IGT is happy to continue providing our advanced INTELLIGEN system to enhance the Lottery’s VLT system performance.”

IGT’s INTELLIGEN systems are deployed worldwide connecting a total of nearly 150,000 VLTs in a variety of gaming environments. The software is built on more than 25 years of central system experience and offers stable, secure command and control capabilities.

It supports the Gaming Standards Association’s Game to System® (G2S) standard protocol, which enables an enhanced player user interface, improved responsible gaming features, exciting multi-level mystery jackpots and additional player-centric functionality.

The Atlantic Lottery has been an IGT customer since 1982. In addition to the video lottery central system, IGT also provides the Lottery with VLT cabinets, compelling video lottery content, lottery point-of-sale terminals, digital lottery, casino and bingo games, IGT ADVANTAGE® casino management system, and a variety of slot machines.

For more information, visit IGT.com or go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT or watch IGT videos on YouTube, youtube.com/igt.

CONTACT: Kimberly Fraser – IGT Global Communications -- kimberly.fraser@igt.com.

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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