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Vol. 96 No.2 - July 12, 2021

 

 

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Camelot Launches the National Lottery’s Largest Ever Brand Campaign to Celebrate Players’ Support of Team GB and ParalympicsGB

  • Unmissable summer-long campaign reminds players that ‘When you play a little, you help our athletes a lot’.
  • Campaign will kick off with athlete-studded ad at halftime during England v Denmark.

 

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U.K. (July 7, 2021) -- Camelot, the operator of The National Lottery, is launching The National Lottery’s largest ever brand campaign – a summer-long, fully integrated multi-channel push that reminds players that, every time they play a National Lottery game, they’re helping Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes in Tokyo.

Running across TV, Radio, Digital and high-impact OOH – as well as on all owned National Lottery channels and in 44,000 National Lottery retailers across the UK – the campaign first airs on Wednesday 7 July, with the new blockbuster TV ad premiering in a 30” spot during England v Denmark, and with further primetime ad slots throughout the week – including during the Euro Final on Sunday, Coronation Street and Love Island.

The athlete-studded blockbuster TV ad – which features sprinter Jonnie Peacock MBE, wheelchair tennis player Jordanne Whiley MBE, taekwondo athlete Lutalo Muhammad, discus thrower Dan Greaves, paracanoeist Emma Wiggs MBE and race walker Tom Bosworth – sees members of the public across the UK comically trying to lend their support to the athletes by making cups of tea, attempting to put them through their paces (badly!), and gathering up household items for them to practice with (such as piles of plates for discuses).

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As the ad draws to a close, a voiceover from Dermot O’Leary declares: “There is an easier way to support our athletes. Just play The National Lottery. When you play a little, you help our athletes a lot.”

Alongside the unmissable core campaign, advertising for the individual National Lottery games will be badged with the Team GB and ParalympicsGB logos, and the Lotto ‘It Could Be You’ TV ads will be updated with a Tokyo twist – meaning that, at every National Lottery touch-point, players will be reminded of the part they play in funding our athletes. Players will also be given more chances to win with a special edition Gold Scratchcard and special event Lotto and EuroMillions draws. And then, as the Games begin, the advertising will shift to celebrate gold medals as they happen in real time – putting National Lottery players at the heart of every triumph.

Camelot’s Chief Marketing Officer, Keith Moor, said: “Through the scale and reach of this campaign – The National Lottery’s largest ever – we want players left in no doubt of the role that they play in supporting our Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Our blockbuster TV ad – starring an incredible group of our Team GB and ParalympicsGB heroes – will be followed by high-impact out-of-home, an unmissable retail presence and thumb-stopping stories on digital.

Then, as the Games get underway and the medal count begins, we’ll plant ourselves at the heart of Team GB and ParalympicsGB triumphs to remind the nation that our athletes’ success is built on play.

“Over the course of this momentous summer of sport, National Lottery players should feel incredibly proud of their contribution, so we’ll be connecting purpose with play at every possible opportunity. We truly can’t wait to collectively celebrate all of the winning moments.”

The TV ad was created by adam&eveDDB, with media planning and buying done by Dentsu.

SOURCE: Camelot Press Office.

 

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Win Cash Each Week with Four New Scratch-Off Games from the Florida Lottery

 

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (July 6, 2021) – Today, the Florida Lottery is excited to introduce the renewed, player-favorite WEEK FOR LIFE family of Scratch-Off games! The four new ‘WEEK FOR LIFE’ games range in price from $1 to $10 and offer more than $356 million in total cash prizes, including 28 top prizes of $500 to $5,000 a week for LIFE! All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.

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The new $1 $500 A WEEK FOR LIFE Scratch-Off game gives players the chance to win more than $15 million in cash prizes! Players can win up to five times or win all five prizes shown if they reveal the Money Bag symbol. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.97.

Players can win more than $54.5 million in cash prizes when they play the $1,000 A WEEK FOR LIFE Scratch-Off game! The $2 game offers eight top prizes of $1,000 a week for life. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.43.

For just $5, players can win big on the $2,500 A WEEK FOR LIFE Scratch-Off game, offering four top prizes of $2,500 a week for life! With more than $120.9 million in total cash prizes and the chance to win 2X or 5X the prize shown, there’s something for every player to enjoy! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.95.

Win more than $165.6 million in total cash prizes with the $5,000 A WEEK FOR LIFE Scratch-Off game! For only $10, players can be set for life with four top prizes of $5,000 a week for life! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.35.

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 THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $39 billion to enhance education and sending more than 880,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 99 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Lottery retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $75.6 billion in prizes and made more than 3,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: Florida Lottery Communications.

 

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IGT Secures Contract Extension to Deliver High-Performing Instant Tickets to the Ohio Lottery Commission

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LONDON, U.K. (July 7, 2021) – International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced today that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has signed a two-year instant ticket services contract extension with the Ohio Lottery Commission (“Ohio Lottery”).

IGT has been a print vendor for the Ohio Lottery since 2015. During this time, IGT has worked with the Lottery to launch highly successful tickets such as $5 Wheel of Fortune®, $5 Double Your Money, $2 Triple 777 Red Hot™ Slots, $2 Winter Doubler, and $2 Three Stooges®.

“As a dedicated partner of the Ohio Lottery, IGT delivers high-quality, innovative instant tickets for players,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Lottery.

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“Our top-tier instant ticket games are based on extensive research, game planning, and strategic marketing, and we look forward to delivering fresh game concepts and content over the next two years."

Under the terms of the agreement, IGT will continue providing a range of instant ticket services for the Ohio Lottery such as game planning and marketing, research and analytics, graphics support, and production and printing through June 30, 2023. Ohio Lottery profits support primary, secondary, vocational and special education in Ohio.

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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Pollard Banknote Awarded Instant Ticket Printing Contract by the Danish Lottery (Danske Lotteri Spil A/S)

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, July 7, 2021 – Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is pleased to announce that, following a competitive procurement process, it has been awarded a primary contract from Danske Lotteri Spil A/S (“Lottery”), Denmark’s national lottery, to supply instant ticket printing and related services. Under this contract, Pollard Banknote will continue to print the Lottery’s instant tickets until July 31, 2025.

This new contract marks the continuation of the strong partnership between Pollard Banknote and Danske Lotteri Spil A/S, which began in 2008. An important commonality between the two organizations is their understanding of the significant role innovation plays in attracting new players and maintaining the excitement of existing players.

As a result, continuous innovation has been a hallmark of this highly collaborative relationship. Many of the Lottery’s most popular games have utilized innovative Pollard Banknote print techniques, such as Scratch Tab™, Scratch FX™, Eco Scratch ReNew™, and neon inks.

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The Lottery’s holiday games, such as Pakkejagt, Julekalender, and Den store julekalendar—all printed by Pollard Banknote—continue to be sales-driving perennial favourites in the Danish market.

“We are very happy to extend our longstanding relationship with the Danish Lottery,” said Michelle Annandale, Vice President, International Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “We are dedicated to supporting the Lottery’s goal of broadening player engagement through the expansion of its instant ticket portfolio with new concepts, as well as the introduction of higher price points that leverage our unique and innovative products.”

“Pollard Banknote has been a great collaborative partner for us. Under this new contract, the Lottery will be able to continue to benefit from the company’s many innovative options that enhance and add value to our instant games and help drive sales and support good causes in Denmark,” said Malene Hyldig, Head of Instant Games, Danske Lotteri Spil A/S. “Additionally, we appreciate Pollard Banknote’s expertise in the lottery industry and particularly in the European market.”

Started in 1949, Danske Lotteri Spil A/S is a subsidiary of Danske Spil A/S and is part of the Danske Spil Group. Lottery proceeds support athletics, culture, health, protection of the environment, and other good causes across Denmark. The Danske Spil Group is 80 percent state-owned, while the National Olympic Committee and Sports Federation of Denmark own 10 percent, and the Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations own the remaining 10 percent.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems and Fastrak retail merchandising solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings, ranging from world-class mkodo game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also provides pull-tab tickets, bingo paper, and its Diamond Game and Compliant Gaming electronic games and devices to charitable and other gaming markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 64.3% by the Pollard family and 35.7% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at: www.pollardbanknote.com.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer
E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose

Chief Financial Officer

E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

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Missouri Lottery Director Re-elected to Chair Powerball Group

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (July 6, 2021) -- May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery, has been re-elected to chair the Powerball Product Group for a second year by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL).

In this role, Reardon works with other lottery directors, leading the group charged with enhancing Powerball’s offerings to create more chances to win and larger jackpot prizes.

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This is both a challenging and exciting time for Powerball,” she said. “We’ve explored a lot of possibilities, and we’ve identified two great ways to bring players additional chances to win, as well as the faster-growing jackpots they’ve been asking for. We’re doing it by adding a Monday night drawing to the line-up and also offering another drawing through the new Double Play option.”

Double Play is set to launch in 13 jurisdictions in August, allowing players to play their Powerball numbers again in a second, separate drawing for a chance to win up to $10 million. The Monday night drawing will also be added at that time.

Reardon has served as executive director of the Missouri Lottery since December 2009. In that time, annual sales have increased from $968.5 million to more than $1.6 billion, and profits for public education have reached record levels.

MUSL is a non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by its 38 member lotteries.

About the Missouri Lottery (MOLottery.com)

When you play the Missouri Lottery, you Play It Forward! Lottery proceeds make up approximately 3-4% of the state’s funding for public education. In FY20, the Lottery generated $333 million for vital education programs, including A+ scholarships.

Since sales started in 1986, the Missouri Lottery has generated more than $7 billion for the state and public education, Lottery players have won more than $15 billion in prizes, and retailers have earned more than $1.35 billion in commissions.

Follow the Missouri Lottery on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MOLottery), Twitter (www.twitter.com/MissouriLottery) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/MissouriLotteryOfficial).

SOURCE: Missouri Lottery.

 

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Connecticut Lottery Corporation Returns a Best-Ever $418 Million to Connecticut General Fund in Fiscal Year 2021

Total Sales Up 15% Over Fiscal Year 2020

ROCKY HILL, CT (July 6, 2021) – The Connecticut Lottery Corporation returned a record $418 million (unaudited) to the Connecticut General Fund in the 2021 fiscal year (July 2020 - June 2021). In addition, Lottery sales outpaced last year, reaching $1.5 billion in total sales, compared to $1.3 billion in fiscal year 2020. These strong sales and general fund transfers represent the best results ever in the Lottery’s history.

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The CT Lottery’s results were led by steady instant ticket sales, continued growth in Keno sales, and the new Fast Play games, which reached $37 million in total sales in their first year. The Play3 and Play4 games – following the addition of the new Wild Ball feature -- also recorded solid sales.

Consistent with its dedication to promoting responsible gambling, the CT Lottery continued its support of $2.3 million to the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Chronic Gamblers Treatment and Rehabilitation Fund. The CT Lottery also sponsored various responsible gambling efforts throughout the year in collaboration with the Partnership members – the CT Council on Problem Gambling and the Problem Gambling Services department at DMHAS.

“We are very proud of these results, especially in light of the many adjustments that we encountered during the year,” said Greg Smith, President of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation.  “Our dedicated staff members remained focused on keeping up with this incredible growth.  And our retailers were equally dedicated in operating each day.  We are very thankful for their efforts.”

About CT Lottery:

Lottery sales benefit Connecticut's residents in valuable ways. In fiscal year 2021, players won more than $925 million in prize money and Retailers earned more than $83 million in commissions. At the same time, the CT Lottery provided $418 million to support the valuable services and programs funded by the state’s General Fund including public health, libraries, public safety, education and more.  Since the Lottery began in 1972, our contributions to the General Fund have exceeded $10.6 billion.

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

SOURCE: The Connecticut Lottery Corporation.

 

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Szrek2Solutions’ Trusted Draw System to Help Support Vaccine Promotion in the State of Nevada

EAST GREENWICH, USA (July 6, 2021) -- Szrek2Solutions announced that its Trusted Draw™ solution has been selected by global gaming leader International Game Technology (“IGT”) for its support of the Vax Nevada Days vaccine promotion.

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Szrek2Solutions’ Chief Technologist, Walter Szrek, said: “We are pleased to provide IGT with our Trusted Draw solution, to ensure full integrity and transparency of the Vax Nevada Days drawing. In addition to its Trusted Draw RNG system, Szrek provided its Trusted Audit to verify the draw results. Thanks to the flexibility and maturity of Szrek’s RNG platform, experience and high levels of professionalism, the launch happened at a blazing speed.”

Szrek’s Trusted Draw system ensures the cryptographic randomness of raffle-based draw results, offering full transparency. Every draw can be verified by the independent Trusted Audit, which mathematically proves the integrity of the generated random numbers and the associated game data. This type of service is available to lotteries or state entities seeking to quickly add a vaccine draw or provide other draws and promotions.

About Szrek2Solutions

Szrek2Solutions is a major supplier of state-of-the art RNGs and electronic draw systems for lotteries worldwide. Since 2005, Szrek has provided RNG solutions for all lottery games – from raffle or 2nd chance, to daily and weekly draws, to instant wins, and frequent draws games - to leading vendors like IGT, as well as lotteries around the world. Szrek’s RNG solution with audit verification has been patented in the US and internationally, and the RNG has been certified numerous times by several labs worldwide. Headquartered in Rhode Island, USA, with a European office in Portugal, Szrek’s customers include, in addition to IGT Corporation, Arkansas Lottery, Florida Lottery, Iowa Lottery, Loterie Nationale (Luxemburg), ITHUBA Holdings (South Africa), Texas Lottery, Sisal SpA (Italy), ONCE (Spanish Lottery for the Blind), and Scientific Games International.

SOURCE: Szrek2Solutions, LLC. Press release.

 

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$12 Million in Proceeds Raised for Nebraska Lottery Beneficiaries

LINCOLN, NE (July 2, 2021) – The Nebraska Lottery recently distributed among its beneficiary funds $12,076,086, derived from a share of Scratch and Lotto ticket sales for the previous three months.

A total of $831,069,951 has been distributed in quarterly transfers since the Nebraska Lottery began operation on September 11, 1993. The latest transfer, made the week of July 2, was distributed among beneficiaries in the following manner:

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  • Nebraska Education Improvement Fund, $5,373,858;
  • Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund, $5,373,858;
  • Nebraska State Fair Support and Improvement Fund, $1,207,609; and
  • Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund, $120,761.

 

Amendment 4 passed by Nebraska voters in November of 2004 established the following distribution formula: Education as directed by the Legislature (44.5 percent) - currently distributed to the Nebraska Education Improvement Fund; Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund (44.5 percent); Nebraska State Fair (10 percent); and the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund (1 percent, plus the first $500,000 in fund proceeds each fiscal year).

The funds' respective totals to date are:

  • Nebraska Education Improvement Fund, $98,425,070;
  • Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund, $355,116,392;
  • Nebraska State Fair Support and Improvement Fund, $60,259,473; and
  • Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund, $18,655,702.

 

Prior to July 1, 2016, the Education Innovation Fund received proceeds totaling $174,222,842, and the Nebraska Opportunity Grant Fund received proceeds totaling $100,929,476.

Prior to July 1, 1997, the Solid Waste Landfill Closure Assistance Fund received proceeds totaling $18,460,996. In 2004, the Legislature directed that a one-time transfer of $5 million be made to the State General Fund.

Criteria for proceeds distribution are established by the beneficiary funds in accordance with legislative mandates. Every county in Nebraska has received service through grants funded with Nebraska Lottery proceeds.

The Nebraska Lottery marked $3 billion in total sales (since 1993) in June 2019.

SOURCE: The Nebraska Lottery.

 

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New Game Offers Five Chances to Win Corvette® Stingray™ Plus $100,000 Cash

RALEIGH, North Carolina (July 4, 2021) -- The newest scratch-off ticket from the N.C. Education Lottery offers North Carolinians five chances at winning a prize package of a new Corvette® Stingray™ plus $100,000 in cash.

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Four of the Corvette Stingrays and $100,000 prizes can be won instantly on the $5 Corvette® & Cash scratch-off ticket. The ticket went on sale this month.

The fifth will be the grand prize in a second-chance drawing offered as part of the new game.

This is the first time we’ve offered a Corvette Stingray as a prize on a scratch-off ticket,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery.

We look forward to meeting the winners and sending them to pick out a Corvette of their dreams.”

Winners get to choose a 2021 model, or a current model available, and pick their favorite options, for a sports car with a total value of up to $109,000. They also get a $100,000 cash prize.

All Corvette® & Cash tickets can be entered into a second-chance drawing to win the same prize package. The date of the drawing has not been set.

Ticket sales from scratch-offs like Corvette® & Cash make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million per year for education. For details on how money raised by the lottery helps education programs in our state, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.

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SOURCE: N.C. Education Lottery.

 

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Appointment of Mr Kaikhushru S. Nargolwala as Chairman of Singapore Pools (Private) Limited

SINGAPORE (July 1, 2021) - Singapore Pools is pleased to announce that Mr Kaikhushru S. Nargolwala will be appointed as Chairman of Singapore Pools (Private) Limited with effect from 1 July 2021. He succeeds Mr Koh Choon Hui who is stepping down after leading Singapore Pools for eight years.

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Mr Koh Choon Hui was appointed Singapore Pools Chairman in June 2013. Under his leadership, Singapore Pools has been steadfast in its mission to be a responsible gaming operator, continuously achieving the highest level of international responsible gaming standards.

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Mr Koh was instrumental in the setting up of iShine Cloud, a charity that provides other charities with affordable cloud-based solutions, and Singapore Pools Academy, formed to institutionalise learning capabilities and programmes developed by Singapore Pools over the years.

Mr Kaikhushru S. Nargolwala

Mr Kai Nargolwala has held the post of Deputy Chairman at Singapore Pools since January 2021. He brings with him over 40 years of experience in the financial services sector in Europe, the US and Asia. Mr Nargolwala is currently on the Board of PSA International Pte Ltd, Credit Suisse AG and is the Chairman of 65 Equity Partners Pte. Ltd.

He earned his first class Honors Degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, and has been awarded the Public Service Star Medal (Bintang Bakti Masyarakat) in recognition of his service to Singapore.

Singapore Pools welcomes Mr Nargolwala’s appointment as Chairman for Singapore Pools and expresses deep appreciation to Mr Koh Choon Hui for his contributions to Singapore Pools.

About Singapore Pools

Singapore Pools was established by the Singapore government on 23 May 1968 to provide safe and trusted betting to counter illegal gambling. As a not-for-profit organisation, all of Singapore Pools’ surpluses is channelled to Tote Board to fund a wide range of causes in social service, community development, sports, arts, education and health sectors. Since 2004, over $5 billion have been channelled to Tote Board. In addition, Singapore Pools also contributes about $2 billion annually to the Government in the form of taxes and duties. Our responsible gaming practices have been awarded the highest level of certification (Level 4) by the World Lottery Association’s Responsible Gaming Framework since 2012.

SOURCE: Singapore Pools.

 

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Kambi Group plc and Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment Enter Into Amendment to Connecticut Sports Betting Agreement

MALTA 1, 2021) -- Amendment ensures Kambi will receive expected revenue for five-year term following initial agreement signed in 2019.

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Kambi Group plc and Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) have agreed amended terms to their sports betting services agreement in relation to the soon-to-be regulated US state of Connecticut.

The amendment respects the financial terms set out in the initial agreement between Kambi and MGE, signed in 2019, with Kambi to receive its full revenue forecasted for the duration of the full initial agreement term.

The amendment enables MGE to collaborate with alternative parties to launch on-property and online sports betting in Connecticut all while ensuring there will be no negative impact on Kambi's forecasted Group revenue.

Separately, Kambi and MGE are engaged in bilateral discussions with regards exclusive sports betting alliances in additional territories where MGE has secured market access.

Kristian Nylén, CEO and Co-founder, Kambi, said: "While we had been looking forward to supporting MGE become a sports betting leader in the Connecticut market, the amicable discussions between both parties have found a positive conclusion, with MGE respecting Kambi's financial interests for the duration of the original agreement."

Aviram Alroy, Vice President Product, Mohegan Digital said: "As we have seen first-hand in Pennsylvania, Kambi provides great product and is therefore one we look forward to potentially collaborating with in new market opportunities."

SOURCE: Kambi Group plc.

 

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Svenska Spel Announces Casino Cosmopol Will Reopen Again on July 7 in Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm

VISBY, Sweden (July 5, 2021) -- On Wednesday, July 7, Casino Cosmopol will reopen after being closed for over a year due to the pandemic. With the government's decision on further easing of the restrictions from the turn of the month, Casino Cosmopol is now opening in Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm.

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We are very happy to be able to welcome both our guests and employees back again, and we do it in a safe and secure way in accordance with the authorities' recommendations. Guests call every day and ask when we will open. It feels very good to finally be able to give a date and say welcome on July 7,” says Per Jaldung, CEO of Casino Cosmopol.

The casinos in Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm decided to close as early as March 29, 2020 when the spread of infection increased in Sweden. Now preparing for a safe and secure opening for both guests and employees. Casino Cosmopol has implemented a number of measures, including extended cleaning and cleaning, distance markings, refurnishing to avoid congestion and training of employees. The opening takes place step by step and the number of people in the premises and around the gaming tables is limited. Casino Cosmopol is "Safe to Visit-certified" by Visita and ready to receive guests.

There is a pent-up need in people to be seen for real after over a year with the pandemic. We are happy to offer a meeting place where people can be seen and have fun together. We have been ready to start and ready to open on several occasions over the past year, but have then had to back down when the spread of infection has increased again. It is a fantastic feeling that we can now finally open,” says Per Jaldung.

Casino Cosmopol in Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm opens at 16.00 on 7 July. Some of the news that meet the guests are cash-free gaming tables and Carded Play, which means that membership cards are used to open the slot machines for games. For the time being, new opening hours are 16.00–02.00 every day for all casinos.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

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NeoPollard Interactive Congratulates Alberta on Launch of Draw Games Online

The launch marks NPi’s first draw games integration in North America

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LANSING, Michigan, July 6, 2021 – NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NeoPollard Interactive” or “NPi”), jointly owned by Pollard Banknote Limited (“Pollard Banknote”; TSX: PBL) and NeoGames S.A. (Nasdaq: NGMS), is pleased to announce that through its partnership with Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (“AGLC”), lottery players in Alberta now have the convenience of purchasing draw-based lottery games online.

Launched on May 20, 2021, AGLC’s new draw-based games expand on the existing portfolio of online games available on PlayAlberta.ca and includes popular Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) 

games such as Lotto Max, Lotto 6/49, Daily Grand, Western Max, Western 6/49, and the Extra. With NPi’s intuitive user interface for draw-based games, players are offered two options to build and purchase their lottery tickets—selecting individual numbers or randomly picking numbers by choosing 'Quick Pick’.

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“We are excited to activate draw-based games in Alberta through an integration to WCLC’s draw-based games system. This expansion of AGLC’s selection of online games will give lottery players the ability to conveniently purchase and play their favourite games anytime, anywhere,” said Liz Siver, General Manager of NPi. “The addition of online draw-based games will provide AGLC with a robust, competitive gaming option while generating additional net income for the province’s General Revenue Fund, which supports programs and services relied upon by Albertans.”

In addition to an engaging array of top-selling eInstant games, AGLC’s draw-based games represent the third content integration powered by the company’s leading technology platform, NeoSphere. Previously, NPi worked with AGLC to introduce casino games and live dealer games on PlayAlberta.ca. Additional integrations, such as sports wagering, are expected to launch later in 2021.

About NeoPollard Interactive

Born in the digital domain, NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NPi”) is an award-winning supplier of best-in-class iLottery solutions to the North American lottery market. Serving the largest share of U.S. lotteries that currently sell products online, NPi helped pioneer the successful introduction of iLottery in the U.S. and is the proven partner of choice to enable regulated lotteries to deploy complex gaming solutions that support the generation of incremental revenue for good causes through the online channel. NPi offers cutting-edge technology, its Power Suite of managed services, and the industry’s top performing game content, as part of its innovative and comprehensive approach to partnering for iLottery success. Jointly owned by Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) and NeoGames S.A. (Nasdaq: NGMS)—both globally recognized industry leaders—NPi powers the most profitable iLottery programs. Visit us at www.neopollard.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NEOPOLLARD INTERACTIVE, CONTACT:

Liz Siver

General Manager

E-mail: liz.siver@neopollard.com

 

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Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems and Fastrak retail merchandising solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings, ranging from world-class mkodo game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also provides pull-tab tickets, bingo paper, and its Diamond Game and Compliant Gaming electronic games and devices to charitable and other gaming markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 64.3% by the Pollard family and 35.7% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POLLARD BANKNOTE, CONTACT:

Doug Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: 204-474-2323

E-mail: doug.pollard@neopollard.com

 

About NeoGames

NeoGames (Nasdaq: NGMS) is a technology-driven innovator and a global provider of iLottery solutions for national and state-regulated lotteries. NeoGames’ full-service solution combines proprietary technology platforms with the experience and expertise required for successful iLottery operations. NeoGames’ pioneering game studio encompasses an extensive portfolio of engaging online lottery games that deliver an entertaining player experience. As a trusted partner to lotteries worldwide, the company works with its customers to maximize their success, offering a comprehensive solution that empowers them to deliver enjoyable and profitable iLottery programs to their players, generate more revenue, and direct proceeds to good causes. For more information visit www.neogames.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NEOGAMES, CONTACT:

Moti Malul

Chief Executive Officer

E-mail: ir@neogames.com

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

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AGTech Wins Lottery Hardware Bids in Six Provinces of China

HONG KONG, SAR (June 1, 2021) – AGTech Holdings Limited (“AGTech” HKEX stock code:08279) is delighted to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Beijing AGTech GOT Technology Co., Ltd (“AGTech GOT”) has recently won six sports lottery terminal procurement bidding projects successively in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Fujian province, Jiangsu province, Hubei province, Sichuan province and Shandong province of the People’s Republic of China.

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AGTech GOT has won many tenders in various provinces, municipalities and autonomous region across China this year, which reaffirmed the hardware division’s continued dedication to and leading position in China's sports lottery terminal market, demonstrating the continued effort and competitiveness of AGTech’s lottery terminals.

AGTech will continue to enhance product innovation, ensure safety and R&D compliance, and contribute to the overall healthy development of China's lottery market.

About AGTech Holdings Limited

AGTech was incorporated in Bermuda and its shares are listed on the GEM (Stock Code: 08279). AGTech is an integrated technology and services company engaged in the lottery and mobile games and entertainment market with a focus on China and selected international markets.

As a member of the Alibaba Group, AGTech is the exclusive lottery platform of Alibaba Group and Ant Group. AGTech’s businesses are broadly divided into two categories:

  • Lottery (including hardware, games and systems, provision of distribution and ancillary services); and
  • Games and Entertainment.

 

AGTech is a Gold Contributor of the World Lottery Association (WLA), an associate member of the Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA), and an official partner of the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA).

For more information, please visit: www.agtech.com.

 

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30-Year Lottery Industry Veteran Mike Purcell Joins the ABACUS Solutions North American Team as a Sales Consultant

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LONDON, U.K. (July 5, 2021) – ABACUS Solutions International Group (ABACUS) is pleased to announce it is strengthening its position in the Lottery industry by executing a consulting services contract with Mike Purcell.

 Mike’s lottery career started in 1988 as a Lottery Sales Representative with the Virginia Lottery where he was promoted to Regional Sales Supervisor. From there he worked at the Florida Lottery as a District Manager, Director of Sales and then Deputy Secretary of Sales.

After leaving Florida Mike became the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing in Kentucky.

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In January 2021 Mike started his own consulting company. His extensive knowledge of lottery products, product development and implementation from the store level to the corporate level will be a significant benefit to ABACUS.

Mike said: “I first met Simon and his team at a NASPL conference in 2016 and was introduced to the ABACUS product.

I was sold instantly. I knew this was something that would not only create significant incremental sales but would make accounting and data analysis significantly easier for the retailer. I’m thrilled to be working with this team and to help them with this solution for the retailers and the lotteries.”

Simon Butler, CEO of ABACUS, said: “Mike is a huge additional asset to the US team with more than thirty years of lottery sales experience.

We are delighted he could see the opportunity with Abacus and we look forward to the coming months as we make further progress with the North American lotteries and retailers taking on board our solutions. “

About ABACUS

Abacus – the gateway at the heart of connecting consumers, retailers and lotteries in the global market.

Abacus believes the future of lottery lies in integrating into the existing retailer and consumer infrastructures by providing a highly secure transaction gateway that enables all parties to work together and create mutual growth.

The Abacus Fusion Platform sits at the heart of connecting consumers, retailers, and lotteries, with the Abacus team managing integration from start to finish.  Abacus believes in building long term relationships by working together to develop new and innovative solutions. By using cutting edge technology, created by forward thinking industry experts, the Abacus gateway enables lotteries and retailers to respond to the ever-changing consumer market with speed, agility, reliability, and integrity.

For more information visit: www.lotteryeverywhere.com.

SOURCE: ABACUS Solutions International Group (ABACUS).

 

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IGT Enhances VLT Footprint in Western Canada with Market-Leading Content and Hardware

Agreement to supply 700 new VLTs is IGT's third contract with WCLC in five years, follows competitive procurement

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LONDON, July 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT), announced today that it signed a contract with the Western Canada Lottery Corporation ("WCLC") to provide 700 CrystalDual® 27 video lottery terminals (VLTs). This marks the third time in five years that IGT has been awarded a significant VLT contract by WCLC following competitive procurements.

 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. 

As part of the agreement, IGT will launch The Price is Right® VLT content for the first time in the Canadian market. Inspired by North America's highest-rated daytime television game show, The Price is Right is among the top player-favorite brands in IGT's game library. In addition, IGT will introduce a market-attuned content bundle so players can select which game they want to play from a variety of exciting titles available.

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"IGT's cabinets and content have proven to entertain and engage players throughout the Saskatchewan VLT network since 1993," said Eric Karmark, WCLC Vice President, VLT Gaming & Operations. "By adding new IGT VLTs at our gaming venues, we're continuing in our commitment to provide our players an enjoyable gaming experience by offering popular themes on a modern platform."

"Extending IGT's relationship with WCLC through the delivery of 700 additional VLT units reinforces the depth of our commitment to the Lottery's continued growth, and the quality of IGT's content and cabinet for the Canadian market," said David Flinn, IGT Regional Vice President, Canada, South and Central America. "The CrystalDual 27 continues to prove its versatility and relevance in gaming markets around the world, and we're pleased to help WCLC elevate gaming throughout the province with this advanced cabinet."

The CrystalDual 27 VLT features two displays delivering high-definition graphics. The cabinet has a first-class audio package, ergonomic design, enhanced player interface and a mobile device charging port to provide exceptional player experiences.

In addition, the cabinets incorporate the Game to System (G2S) communication protocol, which enables new, advanced features for WCLC such as software download, remote configuration and software verification, and an embedded player user interface that delivers an interactive experience. These new VLTs will be connected by IGT's INTELLIGEN™ central system, operated by WCLC for machine accounting, event tracking, and system security.

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

About IGT

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

CONTACTS:

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

Francesco Luti, +39 3485475493; for Italian media inquiries

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

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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