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Vol. 96 No.12 - September 20, 2021

 

 

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Skilrock Technologies’ LATAM Foray Gets a Boost with GLI Certification

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GURGAON, India (September 14, 2021) -- Skilrock Technologies (ST) has secured certification from Gaming Laboratories International for use in the Colombian market, as the group aims to continue growing in LATAM region.

Skilrock Technologies submitted documentation and full source code which pertains to the generation of random numbers. GLI inspected the source code for randomness and fair play. The Random Number Generator source code was found to be compliant with requirements for randomness and fair play. ST had obtained certification from iTechlabs way back in 2011 and obtained several certifications thereafter. However, given the wide acceptance of GLI in LATAM it chose to get certification from GLI as well.

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) provides the gaming industry’s leading testing and certification services. Since 1989, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has been the leader in testing and certification for the global gaming industry.

Mr. Sujit Lahiry, Executive Director at Skilrock Technologies said of the certification: “It’s great to see our robust lottery platform get continued recognition of our service quality and focus on security. Skilrock has worked hard over the years to achieve global standards and this certification is a reward we appreciate.”

He added “As the pandemic impact to the industry in recent times abates, we are continuing to develop our market reach and delight our customers with new products and offerings in the iGaming and Lottery technology. We chose to align ourselves in terms of market needs and comfort level”

 

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ABOUT SKILROCK

Skilrock Technologies is a leading technology solution provider for the Lottery, iGaming and Payment industry. It is the technology arm of the $2.4 billion Sugal &; Damani Group, who are leaders of Indian lottery & gaming operations. The True Omni-Channel Gaming Platform of Skilrock serves Retail, iGaming &; Self Service Channels with equal ease and at the same time supports a wide variety of games like Lotto, Keno, Bingo, Instant, Sports, Poker, Rummy, Casino and Slots. It serves more than 200,000 retail touchpoints and over 5 million iGaming players across 26+ jurisdictions from its headquarters in India and offices in Europe and Latin America. Skilrock is a member of European Lotteries, CIBELAE, the African Lotteries Association, and NASSCOM, as well as being a Gold Contributor of the World Lottery Association, and holds several key certifications like CMMI level 3, ISO 27001, and other top Gaming Lab certifications and gaming patents.

CONTACT: Sourabh Goyal, Manager - Sales & Marketing, M: +91 8826 315550, E: sourabh.goyal@skilrock.com

SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies.

 

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IGT’s Knute Knudson, Jr. to be Inducted into American Gaming Association’s Gaming Hall of Fame

Long-time IGT Executive Knudson honored for immense impact and contributions to tribal gaming growth

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LONDON, Sept. 14, 2021-- International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced today that Knute Knudson, Jr., Vice President of Global Business Development and Tribal Ambassador, will be inducted into the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) Gaming Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2021. Knudson will be honored on October 5 at the AGA’s Chairman’s Reception during the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, Nev.

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Induction into the Gaming Hall of Fame is the highest honor accorded by the gaming industry. Each year, two or more individuals who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions receive this honor. Gaming Hall of Fame honorees are selected by an independent panel of gaming leaders.

“Knute’s dedicated support and committed advocacy of tribal gaming expansion and sustained health and well-being of Indian country are unmatched in our industry,” said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO, Global Gaming.

“Knute is a true champion of tribal gaming—a constant source of knowledge, guidance, and support to hundreds of tribes throughout his lengthy career.

IGT is incredibly proud that Knute’s impact as a strategic partner and dedicated friend to Indian Country is being recognized with an induction into the AGA’s Gaming Hall of Fame.”

“I am distinctly honored and thrilled to be accepted into this esteemed group of AGA Gaming Hall of Fame honorees,” said Knudson.

“The advancement of Indian gaming, tribal self-sufficiency, and, importantly, Tribal Sovereignty has been my life’s work, and my success is intricately tied to Indian people who have trusted me to advance their causes and expand gaming opportunities on their behalf. I am grateful for their confidence, partnerships and friendships and thank IGT for its continued support.”

For more information about IGT visit igt.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

About Knute Knudson, Jr.

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Knudson has been an advocate and proponent of Indian gaming for three decades. As Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of the Interior from 1989 to 1993, Knudson led efforts to implement the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, working on compacts, trust applications, and National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGA) appointments.

After joining Sodak Gaming, Knudson played an integral role in securing economic self-sufficiency for Indian Country throughout the 1990s, financing more than $1.5 billion in equipment and systems sales to tribes looking to start gaming businesses. Knudson authored “Getting Started in Indian Gaming” which became a blueprint for the first decade of tribal gaming startups.

Knudson testified in front of Congress, state legislatures, and regulators as an advocate of tribal gaming, constantly navigating the complexities of policy and practice to identify and address the needs of Indian people and culture. In the early 1990s, Knudson successfully presented the case to the Department of the Interior and NIGA that linked Wide Area Progressive games were permissible under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This led to the launch of the Native American Progressive System (NAPS) in 1994.

Today, Knudson continues to advance the interests of tribal gaming growth, Sovereignty, and prosperity. His work for IGT brings the latest technology, branded content, and proven core games to tribes to grow casino revenues and strengthen tribal self-sufficiency and economic independence.

Knute has been honored by dozens of tribal governments and associations and, in 2018, he was honored with NIGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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 nrivalled gaming experiences that engage players and drive growth. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has approximately 11,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

CONTACTS:

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

Francesco Luti, +39 3485475493; for Italian media inquiries

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

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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Baseball Hits Homerun in Betting Week

HELENA. Montana (September 9, 2021) – Sports Bet Montana paid out more than $524,000 to Montana bettors last week and generated more than $39,000 for Montana small businesses, with baseball once again leading the way.

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Montana bettors wagered a combined $655,165 in the week ending Sept. 6, winning a total of $524,743. Bets on baseball claimed 43 percent of the total dollars wagered.

During that same period, Montana small businesses selling Sports Bet Montana earned more than $39,300 in commission.

All told, Sports Bet Montana retailers have earned $2.98 million in commission since sports betting launched for wagers in March of 2020.

Sports Bet Montana, powered by the Montana Lottery, was launched after legislation passed in 2019 became law. Sports Bet was designed to benefit Montana players, Montana businesses and Montana citizens.

The Montana Lottery was created by citizen’s referendum in 1986.

Since then, it has paid over $694 million in prizes and returned approximately $289 million to the State of Montana and $78 million in retailer commissions. 

About The Montana Lottery

The Montana Lottery is run by the government of Montana. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). The Montana Lottery's portfolio consists of scratch tickets, plus Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto America, Montana Millionaire, Lucky for Life, Big Sky Bonus, Montana Sports Action, Treasure Play and Montana Cash. The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. It passed by a wide margin and the Montana Lottery opened for business in June 1987. Since then, it has paid out at least $590 million to players in prizes, and has generated over $259 million for the State of Montana.

SOURCE: The Montana Lottery.

 

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Pollard Banknote Selected As “Legal Team Of The Year” Finalist At Global Regulatory Awards

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, September 14, 2021 – Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is proud to announce that its legal team has been shortlisted in the category of In-House Counsel/Legal Team of the Year at the 2021 Global Regulatory Awards hosted by VIXIO Gambling Compliance.

The Global Regulatory Awards are the largest and most influential awards that recognize businesses, teams, and individuals that have excelled and set new standards in the compliance and responsible gambling industry. The In-House Counsel/Legal Team of the Year category celebrates an individual or team who upholds the company’s reputation by ensuring that regulatory guidelines are strictly followed and by proactively advising management to help guide the business.

The Pollard Banknote legal team, led by Riva Richard, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, was nominated and subsequently selected as a finalist for In-House Counsel/Legal Team of the Year following an exceptional year. In addition to its regular wide-ranging portfolio of legal matters and the successful appeal of the Wire Act litigation to the First Circuit of the US Court of Appeals, the legal team deftly managed multiple strategic transactions for Pollard Banknote, including acquisitions, joint ventures, and other commercial partnerships.

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To bring four large-scale acquisitions to completion, the team masterfully navigated the complexity of compliance regulations across multiple international jurisdictions. For instance, the acquisition of Next Generation Lotteries AS (“NGL”), a leading provider of lottery management and iLottery technology in Europe and Asia, involved retaining local counsel and addressing local regulatory requirements in six jurisdictions. Pollard Banknote’s legal team met this challenge by leveraging its extensive transaction experience and keen judgment while working within the confines of an ambitious overall timeline.

“On behalf of Pollard Banknote and our family of companies, I congratulate our hardworking legal team on this well-deserved acknowledgement by the prestigious Global Regulatory Awards,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer. “Last year was a busy and exciting one for us, a highlight of which was the completion of several important strategic acquisitions. Our legal team managed and consulted on these acquisitions through their entire life cycles, demonstrating their strong understanding of our business and supporting our continued growth. The newly acquired companies are recognized leaders in the lottery and charitable gaming industries and will enhance the support we provide to our lottery clients to help increase revenue for the good causes they support.”

The winner of the In-House Counsel/Legal Team of the Year award, along with 19 other categories, will be announced on October 21, 2021 at the fifth annual Global Regulatory Awards.

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.

 

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Doug Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose,

Chief Financial Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited.

 

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Strive Gaming Achieves First State License

US focused platform specialists secures landmark approval for Colorado license

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COLORADO (September 9, 2021) – Strive Gaming, the first player platform business set up for the modern, multi-state requirements of leading North American operators, has received a unanimous vote from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission, approving the business for a Temporary Vendor Major License.

The endorsement further emphases the company’s commitment to the US and Canada following its declaration earlier last week, that it has achieved GLI-33 certification. It also marks the first US state license approval for Strive Gaming with more expected to be received and announced in the coming weeks.

Damian Xuereb, President and CCO of Strive Gaming added: "We have fantastic momentum at the moment, overdelivering on every single promise we've made internally and externally.

“Our Colorado license is a great and first step toward becoming licensed in many more states and it is a clear message to the market that Strive Gaming is exceptionally ready and open for business in the US and Canada."

Earlier this year Strive Gaming with its market leading technology platform technology set out an ambitious roadmap for success on entering the North American market, including the announcement they would be pursuing a customer launch in Colorado, a milestone which is well on track.

SOURCE: Strive Gaming press release.

 

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Lottery App Mido Lotto Expands to Seven States, Grows Team with Former Live Nation Exec

The Silicon Valley start-up’s patented app makes ordering State Lottery tickets safe and convenient

SAN FRANCISCO (September 13, 2021) - The Mido Lotto app, which allows residents to play their State Lottery from their mobile devices, is poised to be in seven states by the beginning of October (after debuting in California just last spring).

Mido Lotto is currently available in California, Massachusetts, and Delaware, with four additional states already locked in for launches in the upcoming weeks. The app was created by Silicon Valley start-up Lottery Now, and is first in most states to offer a safe and convenient way to order official State Lottery tickets online.

Since launching last year, Mido Lotto is transforming the Lottery experience. It has quickly become the highest rated transactional Lottery app with an impressive 4.8 average user rating based on 15K+ five-star reviews in the Apple iTunes store, and hitting the top 30 in entertainment apps. With user adoption growing rapidly, Mido Lotto has saved Lottery players millions of trips to convenience stores to buy tickets, and the company is seeing exceptional performance across all key business metrics:

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  • In the first six months of 2021, Mido Lotto grew revenue by six times versus all of last year, and showed 500% growth in revenue from fourth quarter 2020 to first quarter 2021.
  • Outstanding customer loyalty with 115% revenue retention after 6 months, far outperforming leading consumer apps in adjacent categories.
  • An impressive lifetime value to customer acquisition ratio of over 3:1, with a payback period of under a year.
  • A 46% increase in purchase frequency for engaged buyers versus traditional Lottery retail channels, helping to solve a long-standing industry problem.
  • A customer base with a household income that is 17% higher than the U.S. average, bringing the Lottery experience to a whole new segment of the population.
  • Unbelievable conversion rates with more than a third of all registrants becoming paying customers.

 

“Lottery is a $90 billion industry in the U.S. alone, and that’s with more than half the population only playing once a year due to lack of convenience,” says Richard Wheeler, President of Lottery Now. “We’re excited to continue our growth trajectory and to add to each state Lottery’s efforts to generate incremental revenue for their beneficiaries. Mido Lotto users skew younger and are time-strapped, mid and higher income individuals who typically don’t play the Lottery the way it’s currently offered. The data is telling us this is not about getting more money from existing players, but extending Lottery access to a new set of players who value convenience.”

To help lead its rapid nationwide expansion, Lottery Now has hired Alex Merchan, previously an executive vice president with LiveNation, to lead all marketing efforts in new and existing markets. Before Live Nation, Merchan spent 10 years with Hard Rock International, overseeing sales and marketing globally.

“As we rapidly expand to new states, we aim to reassure residents that Mido Lotto is a legitimate and safe way to order State Lottery tickets from their mobile devices - and that people in other states are already using the app and winning cash prizes daily without issue,” says Merchan, Lottery Now’s new head of marketing. “Whenever a new app-based courier service debuts - whether it’s food delivery or ticket ordering - marketing efforts need to not only communicate the benefits but also reassure potential customers that this new life-easing, time-saving service is an additional, reliable convenience that eliminates a barrier to accessing a good or service - or even a State Lottery ticket.”

Mido Lotto prides itself on being an industry catalyst without disrupting the industry - working alongside state Lotteries and adhering to their rules and regulations. The Mido Lotto app helps solve a long standing industry challenge of reaching new audiences and drives incremental revenue to States by attracting and retaining new players to the Lottery. A recent survey of their customers found that 89% were more likely to play the lottery given the ability to order tickets online.

Mido Lotto is already racking up substantial payouts, with one customer in Mission Viejo, California, recently winning $56,000 via the app.

How it Works

Similar to GrubHub (except its courier service is fully digital for consumers), Mido Lotto works as an intermediary that allows State Lottery players to order and manage their tickets directly in the app, which are purchased on their behalf from officially licensed state Lottery retailers.

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Players can also use the app to send tickets as gifts, play in groups with friends and instantly claim winnings up to $600. For larger prize amounts, the physical ticket is presented so that winnings can be collected at a claim center in accordance with State Lottery regulations.

The Team Behind the App

Lottery Now’s leadership team comprises a wealth of experience across Lottery, tech and gaming who have designed games and technology for leading entertainment companies including IGT, Camelot, Oracle, Workday, Live Nation, Scientific Games, Hard Rock, Sulake and Zynga.

President Rich Wheeler most recently oversaw Lottery operations across twelve states for IGT, a multinational company that produces commercial gaming solutions for customers across 100 countries on six continents.

Mido Lotto follows strict compliance protocols in accordance with all federal and state regulations including age verification and geofencing, as well as responsible gaming measures which include strictly enforced daily, weekly and monthly order limits.

For more information, please visit www.lottery-now.com.

About Lottery Now and Mido Lotto 

Lottery Now increases good cause contributions by bringing Lottery into the mobile, social, physical distancing age. Our app, Mido Lotto, is an accessible, trusted and exciting new way for people to conveniently and safely play the Lottery. We fulfill all orders with official state-licensed Lottery retailers to offer a digital “courier service” for the purchase and management of Lottery tickets bringing Official State Lottery draw-games to residents across states without a trip to the store. Lottery Now opens the Lottery for everyone to play, win, and make an impact for the people and causes they care about.

Mido Lotto is a legitimate resource for all eligible persons interested in playing the State Lottery from the safety of their phones. Mido Lotto is not affiliated with, nor endorsed by Mega Millions or the State Lotteries, and makes no claim of ownership regarding any intellectual property of the State Lotteries.

SOURCE: Lottery Now and Mido Lotto.

 

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Football Takes the Reigns

HELENA, Montana (September 15, 2021) – Sports Bet Montana paid out more than $737,000 to Montana players and generated more than $44,000 in commission to local businesses.

Football takes hold of this week’s activity with a whopping 68 percent handle, with baseball trailing behind with 22 percent of handle. Special bets, soccer and tennis tied for third place, each claiming 3 percent.

NASCAR, basketball and mixed martial arts produced just under 1 percent for the week ending Sept. 13, 2021.

Sports Bet Montana, powered by the Montana Lottery, was launched after legislation passed in 2019 became law.

Sports Bet was designed to benefit Montana players, Montana businesses and Montana citizens.

The Montana Lottery was created by citizen's referendum in 1986.

Since then, it has paid over $694 million in prizes and returned approximately $289 million to the State of Montana and $78 million in retailer commissions.

SOURCE: The Montana Lottery.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Continues Illuminating Conversations Web Series with AGEM Executive Director Marcus Prater

LAS VEGAS (September 16, 2021) – “The global market for gaming technology has really exploded. There’s new technology opportunity, and there are certainly new players in the game,” says Marcus Prater, executive director of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) during his conversation with GLI CEO James Maida in the latest episode of Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®) Illuminating Conversations web series.

The episode is available now exclusively Here and lends an eye to suppliers’ exhibits at next month’s Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.

For example, Maida and Prater give insights into the future of gaming and discuss the organization’s views on payment modernization and the threat posed by unregulated and illegal gaming devices sometimes referred to as “skill” games. The pair also talk about AGEM’s growth over the last decade and how suppliers have united through AGEM to pursue important issues affecting the gaming industry worldwide.

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The gaming industry’s positive impact on community is also a topic, and as part of the discussion, Maida and Prater talk about GLI and AGEM’s Lasting Impact Philanthropic Initiative, which has helped to positively impact organizations such as UNLV’s College of Engineering, the International Problem Gambling Center, and the National Native American Veterans Memorial.

The Illuminating Conversations web series is yet another way GLI gives the gaming industry critical insights into the future that boost confidence to explore new markets. Watch this new episode now, and also access the entire Season One library for free, only at gaminglabs.com.

Follow GLI on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube and be the first to know when new Illuminating Conversations episodes are available.

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 Europe, LatAm, and USA 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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Lotería de Río Negro Passes Audit and Maintains Its Certification

RÍO NEGRO, Argentina (September 10, 2021) -- This week the Rio Negro Lottery control audit of the Reference Certification No. 19 was carried out, which the body obtained last year after complying with the requirements defined by IRAM and ALEA.

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The Normative Reference N ° 19 defines the conditions that must be met by public gambling regulatory bodies and private organizations authorized to exploit gambling to implement and improve a quality management system.

In the Rio Negro organization, on this occasion various processes of raffles, prize payments, inspection, communication, customer service and interested parties, economic and financial management, commercialization through official points of sale, among others, were re-evaluated to verify which continues to maintain its quality standards.

The group of auditors made up of members of the Argentine Institute for Standardization and Certification (IRAM), highlighted the focus on continuous improvement maintained by Lotería de Río Negro and highlighted the level of analysis, measurement and evaluation of the information presented.

In addition, they distinguished the technology used in the sweepstakes to ensure transparency and security.

The Director of the Integrated Lottery Management System, Sebastián Fermanelli, said that "in a short time we made great progress and we are very happy that they have noticed, we obtained very good results in the audit and this is due to the great work team.

It should be noted that at present there are three Argentine lotteries have this certification: IAFAS of Entre Ríos, IJAN of Neuquén and Lotería de Río Negro.

Meanwhile, Lotería de Santa Cruz (LOAS) and ISS-DAFAS de La Pampa are carrying out the implementation in stages and, more recently, work began with the Lotería Chaqueña team as reported.

SOURCE: The Association of Lotteries, Quinielas and State Casinos of Argentina (ALEA).

 

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Jackpocket Announced as Official Digital Lottery Courier of the New York Jets

The First Licensed Lottery App Becomes the Inaugural Digital Lottery Partner in the NFL as Jackpots Climb Over $400M

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2021 -- Jackpocket, the first third-party app in the U.S. to provide a secure way to order official state lottery tickets, and the New York Jets, today announced a multi-year partnership establishing Jackpocket as the official digital lottery courier of the Jets.

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As the 2021 regular NFL season begins, Jackpocket is providing fans with a new way to play the lottery. With more than 20% of Jets fans playing the lottery each week, according to a 2020 YouGov survey, and digital lottery winners up 387.1% in the last year, now is a crucial moment for a partnership like this.

"As the NFL's first digital lottery sponsorship, Jackpocket is proud to partner with the Jets, a New York institution," said Jackpocket CEO Peter Sullivan. "With 87% of Jets season ticket holders residing in New York or New Jersey, we are excited to introduce this dedicated fanbase to a new, easy way to play for big lottery jackpots right from their phone."

Through this exclusive partnership, Jets fans and Jackpocket players alike will have access to free lottery tickets in the Jackpocket mobile app, game-day activations at MetLife stadium and prizes, and VIP game experiences, such as free game tickets, on-field experiences, and more.

As part of the partnership, Jackpocket will be integrated across a variety of Jets channels, including paid advertising, email, web, and social media. Perhaps most exciting, a Jackpocket branded scratch-off game will be unveiled in the official Jets mobile app, bringing a 360-degree connection between the two mobile platforms.

"We are excited to bring Jets fans more experiences and opportunities through our partnership with Jackpocket," said Jeff Fernandez, Vice President, Business Development & Ventures for the New York Jets. "From unique content to on-field experiences, we look forward to everything this partnership can offer our fans."

Jackpocket, which launched in New York in January 2021 and in New Jersey in December 2019, has seen historic success in both markets where its mobile app provides a secure way to order official state lottery tickets for Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash4Life, and more. Jackpocket players have won nearly $65 million in lottery prizes to date, including 5 individual players who have won prizes worth a million dollars or more.

SOURCE: Jackpocket press release.

 

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IGT Wins Printing Business with Germany’s Largest Lottery

Company continues as a valued partner to WestLotto for instant ticket printing services

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LONDON, U.K. (September 13, 2021) – International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced today that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has signed a new instant ticket services contract with Westdeutsche Lotterie GmbH & Co. OHG (“WestLotto”).

Under the terms of the agreement, IGT will provide a range of instant ticket production and services for WestLotto with unlimited potential. The Lottery will gain additional marketing support from IGT’s Instant Advantage™ program that includes portfolio planning, game development, analytics, distribution, and retail execution to provide the best player experience.

“WestLotto has worked with IGT on instant ticket production to grow our instants business responsibly,” said Andreas Kötter, WestLotto CEO. “IGT provides top-level service and support for the development of each instant ticket game in the portfolio, and we are looking forward to continuing our successful partnership.”

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“As WestLotto’s instant ticket supplier of choice, IGT is committed to supporting a strategic, innovation-rich game portfolio that meets the needs of the Lottery’s players,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Lottery. “With IGT’s Instant Advantage program we draw upon global and market-specific deep-dive analytics, benchmarks and databases to support continuous growth for WestLotto instant ticket sales and contributions to good causes.”

For the last 13 years, WestLotto and IGT have worked closely to strategically deliver compelling games to market, supporting a robust portfolio for constant player enjoyment. As a result, growth has been steady, despite strong regulations, enabling WestLotto to provide greater returns to good causes. IGT also supports WestLotto as the lottery’s central system provider since 2003.

For more information about IGT’s lottery business, visit igt.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We deliver entertaining and responsible gaming experiences for players across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Sports Betting and Digital. Leveraging a wealth of compelling content, substantial investment in innovation, player insights, operational expertise, and leading-edge technology, our solutions deliver unrivaled gaming experiences that engage players and drive growth. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has approximately 11,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

CONTACTS:

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

Francesco Luti, +39 3485475493; for Italian media inquiries

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

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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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.

And it could be you.

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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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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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