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Vol. 96 No.9 - August 30, 2021

 

 

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Florida Lottery Players Have a Chance to Become the Powerball First Millionaire of the Year®

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (August 23, 2021) – Today, the Florida Lottery (Lottery) is excited to announce the limited-time POWERBALL First Millionaire of the Year® Promotion! Now, through September 27, 2021, players can enter all Florida POWERBALL tickets into the drawing where 50 winners will be selected to receive $1,000.

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These 50 Florida semi-finalists will also be entered into a national drawing where five finalists from Lotteries across the country will each win a New Year’s Eve prize package and the chance to win $1 million during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022 live television broadcast on December 31, 2021!

The 50 Florida semi-finalists will be announced on October 4. Each of the five national finalists will receive an at-home New Year’s Eve party package, including $10,000 cash, a deluxe dinner for eight, a 70-inch LED TV, a karaoke system, a premium laptop computer, and $500 to spend at Party City.

To enter, players can scan any Florida POWERBALL® ticket using the Lottery’s free mobile app or by entering the ticket number on the Lottery’s website at www.flalottery.com.

The deadline to enter tickets into the promotion is Monday, September 27, at 11:59 p.m., ET. To learn more, visit www.flalottery.com.

ABOUT DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS

dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” and the “Streamy Awards.”

dcp also owns one of the world’s most extensive and unique entertainment archive libraries with more than 60 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. dcp is part of MRC Live & Alternative, a division of diversified global entertainment company MRC. For additional information, visit www.mrcentertainment.com

 

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ABOUT POWERBALL® IN FLORIDA

Since joining POWERBALL in 2009, the game has generated more than $2.2 billion in contributions to education statewide. Florida is among the top-selling POWERBALL states in the country, with more than 103.2 million winning tickets totaling more than $3.3 billion in prizes, including 16 jackpot winners. Florida was also one of the three states nationally to have a winner share in the world record-setting $1.586 billion POWERBALL jackpot in January 2016.

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 $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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The Esports Integrity Commission Update Regarding NA ESEA Match-Fixing Investigation

LONDON, U.K. (August 23, 2021)

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For some time now, ESIC has been investigating several instances of match-fixing behaviour which took place in the North American region amongst CS:GO players participating in an ESEA tournament series. While this investigation is still ongoing, ESIC has made this release for the purposes of issuing an interim update.

To date, this investigation has been subject to significant cooperation with law enforcement agencies, anti-corruption supporters, and other stakeholders in order to ensure that the behaviour being perpetrated is thoroughly investigated and prosecuted under ESIC’s Anti-Corruption Code.

As of the date of this interim release, ESIC announces sanctions against three participants and is still in the process of conducting 34 additional investigations relating to this matter.

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Notably, ESIC has observed compelling evidence that suggests that organised crime groups and foreign betting syndicates were involved in fraudulent activities during the course of Season 35 of the ESEA Premier: North America.

INVESTIGATION OVERVIEW:

In early 2021, in the course of our existing investigation into allegations of match-fixing and betting fraud in season 35 of the ESEA Premier, we were provided with a recording, a transcript and other evidence relating to a conversation between members of one of the teams in the competition, Rebirth. The conversation involved three members of the team and also made reference to two players from an opposing team, ‘Russian Canadians’. This recording, evidencing a conspiracy to manipulate the outcome of matches in the tournament, was subsequently published online in April 2021.

Prior to publication, ESIC was treating this evidence as just one part of a far larger investigation involving multiple players and teams and associated individuals in cooperation with law enforcement and other stakeholders.

However, due to this part of the investigation being put into the public domain, ESIC took the view that it ought to be, if possible, dealt with separately and an outcome reached in the public interest. Consequently, ESIC began a separate, but related, investigation into the recording and the individuals involved and mentioned in the conversation. This statement explains the conclusions and outcomes reached.

ESIC emphasises that the remainder of the larger investigation is ongoing and the outcomes announced in this release may not be the final outcome for the various participants mentioned.

INVESTIGATION OUTCOMES TO DATE:

ESIC has issued Notices of Charge against the following individuals for breaches of the ESIC Anti-Corruption Code and sanctioned each with the suspension from all ESIC member events for the period specified in each case:

Click Here to view the complete list

SOURCE: The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC).

 

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NeoGames Studio Releases a New, Multi-game Progressive Jackpot for eInstant Games

The progressive jackpot feature will diversify lottery game portfolios and expand opportunities for player engagement and wins

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LUXEMBOURG (August 16, 2021_ - NeoGames S.A., (Nasdaq: NGMS) (“NeoGames” or the “Company”), a technology-driven provider of end-to-end iLottery solutions, announces the rollout of a multi-game progressive jackpot feature in selected eInstant games to be rolled out across its customer base.

NeoGames Studio's progressive jackpot can be implemented flexibly across clusters of eInstant games. The greater chance to win in a shared progressive jackpot heightens the attraction for players, increases overall player engagement, and accelerates jackpot growth.

The new feature will offer lotteries the opportunity to attract new players and audiences to eInstant games, diversifying the lottery’s games portfolio and boosting revenues. Players will enjoy new layers of excitement and fun and the opportunity to experience a variety of games, with the anticipation of a bigger win and perhaps a dream come true.

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The progressive jackpot feature is the latest example of continued innovation across NeoGames’ platform, games studio, and service offerings to the lottery market.

“We are delighted to introduce the NeoGames Studio multi-game progressive jackpot feature in our eInstant games, providing lotteries with new gaming options that appeal to the mass market.  We are confident that this new functionality, with its large jackpots potential and game diversity, will help our customers attract new and existing players,” said Moti Malul, Chief Executive Officer of NeoGames.

About NeoGames

NeoGames is a technology-driven innovator and a global leader 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. A partner to lottery providers worldwide, the company works with its customers to maximize their success, offering a comprehensive solution that empowers national and state lotteries to deliver enjoyable and profitable iLottery programs to their players, generate more iLottery revenue, and direct proceeds to good causes.

SOURCE: NeoGames press release.

 

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La Française des Jeux Gaming Solutions Signs Agreement to Launch the Digital Lottery Games Vertical of Eesti Loto

Boulogne-Billancourt, France (August 19, 2021) -- FDJ Gaming Solutions announced the signature of a contract with Eesti Loto, the Estonian lottery operator, for the provision of its Interactive Factory.

Eesti Loto will connect to FDJ Gaming Solutions Interactive Factory platform to provide the Estonian players with a steady stream of unique and exciting games and create a new digital lottery experience.

‘The philosophy of the Eesti Loto is to act responsibly and innovatively. Following a competitive tender process FDJ Gaming Solutions came up with the most suitable business proposal and we are happy to start a cooperation with (such) a professional and innovative partner to launch an attractive digital game offer for our players,’ said Riina Roosipuu, CEO of Eesti Loto.

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Pascal Blyau, CEO of FDJ Gaming Solutions France added: ‘We are delighted to have been selected by Eesti Loto in a country where digital is everywhere, and we will work hand in hand to develop their business thanks to our continuous stream of innovative gaming content. This marks a further expansion of FDJ Gaming Solutions Interactive Factory to more lotteries in Europe where our presence is growing fast.’

About FDJ Gaming Solutions (FDJ GS)

FDJ Gaming Solutions is a 100% subsidiary of FDJ Group, delivering B2B betting services, distribution services and Interactive services for the gaming industry. FDJ Gaming Solutions has prestigious references from around the world with nearly 300,000 lottery terminals installed in partnership with Carrus, a growing number of lotteries connected to its digital content distribution platform and over 40 clients consuming outsourced pricing, risk management, betting platform and fully managed betting services.   For further information, www.fdj-gaming-solutions.com.

About Eesti Loto

Eesti Loto is the Estonian state-owned lottery operator that provides an entertaining and responsible offer to Estonian players including iconic games such as Vikinglotto, EuroJackpot, Bingo and Keno, in retail network and online. Eesto Loto is a member of the European Lottery Association and the World Lotteries Association.  For further information, https://www.eestiloto.ee/

About La Française des Jeux (FDJ Group)

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

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

For further information, www.groupefdj.com.

SOURCE: La Française des Jeux (FDJ Group).

 

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ZenSports Receives Its Nevada Gaming License!

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (August 23, 2021) -- We are beyond thrilled to announce that ZenSports has officially received its non-restricted gaming license from the Nevada Gaming Control Board!

This is an absolutely huge milestone for ZenSports and the state of Nevada. It’s not easy to get a gaming license in Nevada, and Nevada is the gold standard for licensing throughout the world. We just went through the most rigorous set of investigations that exists out there, which puts us in a great position to be able to get licensed in other states throughout the U.S. as we grow and expand. It’s also a huge win for the state of Nevada because they’re getting an innovative, hard-working company that is looking to grow and become an integral part of the Nevada gaming ecosystem for many years to come.

In addition to ZenSports receiving its non-restricted gaming licenses, key employees Etan Mizrahi-Shalom and myself (both of us are Co-Founders of ZenSports) were found suitable by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, which is an extremely rigorous process and which now allows Etan and myself to operate gaming facilities and products throughout the state of Nevada.

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The non-restricted gaming license will allow ZenSports to do the following within the state of Nevada:

  • Exercise our option for the Big Wheel Casino that we obtained from Strategic Gaming Management in July 2020.
  • Begin operating our sports betting platform at the Big Wheel Casino (pending final technical certification).
  • Exercise our option with Strategic Gaming Management to take over the sports book at Baldini’s and operate ZenSports from that location.
  • Pursue additional sports betting locations and expand ZenSports throughout Nevada as the company grows.

 

To begin with, ZenSports will only offer its sports book and fiat funding options within Nevada. However, we will seek approval for our peer-to-peer and cryptocurrency features in early 2022. We wanted to get into the Nevada market as soon as possible and not wait for additional approvals of our peer-to-peer and cryptocurrency features. Even just our sports book and fiat solutions offer a better user experience and performance than our competitors, so we’re confident we can win on those features alone. And then once our peer-to-peer and cryptocurrency features are approved in Nevada, it will be all the more rewarding for our Nevada customers to have the best sports betting experience possible.

 

International vs US Opportunities

As part of our strategy to focus and expand within the U.S. market, we decided earlier this year to cease our international operations. As a fast-growing startup, it’s important to have laser-focus. The U.S. market is clearly the biggest opportunity for growth, and we want to ensure that we have the utmost focus on executing on that strategy. If and when we re-enter the international market in the future, we’ll focus on locations that have equally high opportunities. All future international business by ZenSports would need to be first approved by U.S. regulators.

Again, we couldn’t be more excited to reach this tremendous milestone, and this is the first of many great things to come for ZenSports as we grow and scale into the U.S. market.

Any inquiries can be directed to mark@zensports.com.

SOURCE: ZenSports media release.

 

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Texas Lottery Teams Up with Dallas Cowboys on New Scratch Ticket Game and Second-Chance Drawings

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AUSTIN, Texas (August 25, 2021) – To coincide with the upcoming 2021 football season, the Texas Lottery and the Dallas Cowboys are lining up together for a 13th consecutive year to kick off the new Cowboys scratch ticket game and promotional second-chance drawings.

The two organizations introduced the newest version of the $5 game at The Star in Frisco on Tuesday, Aug. 17. A video of the announcement is available here. Cowboys launched on Monday, Aug. 16 and is available at all Texas Lottery® retailers where scratch ticket games are sold.

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“The 13-year relationship between the Texas Lottery and the Dallas Cowboys has proven to be a powerful force in supporting public education in our state,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Jones family to produce this year’s Cowboys scratch ticket game that will generate important funding for Texas education, while providing our scratch ticket players chances to win great cash prizes and unique second-chance prizes that will feature once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.”

This year’s Cowboys scratch ticket offers more than $30.4 million in total cash prizes in the game, including four top prizes of $100,000 and more than 4,700 non-cash second-chance prizes.

Overall odds of winning an instant-win cash prize are one in 3.79, including break-even prizes.

Since the first Cowboys scratch ticket game launched in 2009, the Cowboys-themed games have generated more than $399.3 million in sales, with an estimated $81.6 million of that total being transferred to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas.

During that time, $278.4 million in prizes from the game has been awarded to winners and $20 million in commissions has been transferred to retailers around the state.

“We are proud to partner with the Texas Lottery to support Texas education through our new co-branded Cowboys scratch ticket,” said Dallas Cowboys Owner/President/General Manager Jerry Jones.

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“This endeavor also enables us to reach Cowboys fans across the state by offering them a chance to join us in exclusive experiences. That’s something that is truly special about this partnership.”

Players can enter non-winning Cowboys scratch tickets into any of the five promotional second-chance drawings to be held throughout the run of the game for a chance to win experiential prizes, including a Dallas Cowboys Wild Weekend Suite package, Draft Day party package, Training Camp package, season tickets, autographed jerseys and Cowboys Pro Shop gift cards. Before entering non-winning tickets into the drawings, Texas Lottery players must register or already be registered with the Texas Lottery Luck Zone.

The five entry deadlines for the separate second-chance drawings are: Sept. 10, Oct. 15, Nov.12 and Dec. 24, with the final drawing date yet to be determined. For more information about the Cowboys scratch ticket game and promotional second-chance drawings, visit texaslottery.com.

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. PLAY RESPONSIBLY.

SOURCE: The Texas Lottery.

 

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Hoosier Lottery Transfers Record $375.5 Million to the State of Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (August 19, 2021) – Record Scratch-off sales last year fueled the Hoosier Lottery’s record transfer of $375.5 million to the State of Indiana, according to preliminary and unaudited results announced during today’s Hoosier Lottery Commission meeting.

Scratch-off sales of more than $1.3 billion accounted for a majority of the Hoosier Lottery’s $1.737 billion in total revenue reported in Fiscal Year 2021, which ended June 30. The Lottery returns maximum net income to the State annually to fund local police and firefighters’ pensions, the Teacher Retirement Fund, and the Lottery Surplus Fund.

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Lottery Commission Chairman Bill Zielke thanked the Hoosier Lottery team for their commitment to raise the bar even higher during challenging times. “I am grateful for the mission-driven approach and commitment during a challenging time in our history,” Zielke said. “Our team has always recognized their primary goal has been to provide the funds that support good causes in each and every Indiana community.”

Total transfers to the state were $70.9 million (23.3%) over the previous year and 74.3 million (24.7%) over budget.

Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor also noted that the Lottery paid out $1.1 billion in prizes to players and $117.5 million in commissions to retailers. More than 4,400 retailers sell Hoosier Lottery products across the Hoosier State.

“We recognize the positive commitment of all our retailers, the hard work and dedication of our employees and certainly the loyalty of our players helped us generate the monies to support our mission of maximizing revenue to the state of Indiana in a socially responsible way,” said Taylor.

About Hoosier Lottery

For over 30 years, Hoosier Lottery distributions have benefited every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery has contributed more than $6.3 billion to good causes, including $30 million to local police and firefighters’ pensions and $30 million to the Teachers’ Retirement Fund annually.

To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit hoosierlottery.com/givingback and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

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Pollard Banknote Executive Jennifer Westbury Named as Finalist in Women in Gaming Diversity Awards

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, August 23, 2021 /CNW/ – Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is proud to announce that Jennifer Westbury, Executive Vice President, Sales & Customer Development, has been selected as a finalist in the 2021 Women in Gaming (WiG) Diversity & Employee Wellbeing Awards in the Industry Achiever category.

The WiG Diversity & Employee Wellbeing Awards highlight positive changes in the gaming industry and recognize and reward individuals and organizations for outstanding devotion to enhancing equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Jennifer Westbury

The Industry Achiever award is presented to an influential woman in the industry who has made significant contributions to the success of their organization, showed dedication and commitment, and influenced the development of the gaming industry.

Jennifer Westbury’s nomination and subsequent selection as an Industry Achiever finalist is a result of the prominent role she has played in Pollard Banknote’s dramatic growth and success during her more than 30 years with the company, as well as her ongoing commitment to the industry.

Jennifer has led the expansion of Pollard Banknote’s market presence to become a global force within the lottery and charitable gaming industry. Additionally, Jennifer has been instrumental in guiding the company’s vision for the industry, which is focused on three key dimensions for success: developing outstanding games that excite and attract players; the relentless pursuit of excellence at retail, by executing effective in-store strategies and expanding the retail network; and cultivating digital engagement using a multichannel approach. Jennifer is passionate about assisting Pollard Banknote’s lottery partners through the development and execution of strategies involving the three dimensions and by offering some of the most sales-driving innovations in the industry.

Jennifer also shares her passion for the industry by eagerly taking on various leadership roles. She was involved in the early stages of the PGRI Women’s Initiative in Lottery Leadership (WILL) and has shared her wealth of knowledge at numerous speaking engagements and conferences throughout the years. Additionally, as a participant in the WILL mentorship program, Jennifer seized the opportunity to support the development of a newer lottery employee with her insights and learnings. Her induction into the Public Gaming Research Institute (PGRI) Lottery Hall of Fame in 2012 is evidence of the exceptionally high regard in which she is held within the industry.

Jennifer is a staunch advocate for diversity within both our company and the industry and has led the way by building a diverse group of sales and marketing professionals, with a senior management team of which 69% are women. Her team’s tenure and years of lottery experience is a testament to her motivational management style.

“As one of the longest-serving women on the vendor side of the lottery industry, Jennifer’s contributions to Pollard Banknote and the industry overall have been remarkable,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. “Much of our current success is due to her ability to address our lottery customers’ needs and help them drive sales and generate funds for good causes. Her continued focus on striving for excellence in all aspects of our business highlights her leadership in the company and beyond.”

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The winner in the Industry Achiever category, along with over 20 other categories, will be announced on September 10, 2021 at an awards event in London, England.

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,

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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Colorado Lottery Launches “Trail Trekker” Interactive 10-Week Online Game to Celebrate the Colorado Trail and A Whole New Way to Win Cash and Prizes

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PUEBLO, Colo. (August 25, 2021) – This week Colorado Lottery launched “Trail Trekker,” an online, interactive game and contest that harkens back to the popular “Oregon Trail” game. The 10-week contest will have 10 weekly winners and one grand prize winner, while taking players on a journey to destinations along the Colorado Trail that are also funded by Lottery proceeds.

Running from Aug. 23 - Nov. 1, 2021, traveler contestants will start their journey at Eldorado Canyon near Boulder and travel next to State Forest State Park, Colorado Riverfront Park, Trampe Ranch, Horse Gulch, Fishers Peak, Heartland Ranch, the Arkansas headwaters, Eleven Mile and Roxborough Park.

Contestants can play by registering for a MyLottery account on the Lottery’s website, on a desktop or mobile device, and entering any non-winning Scratch ticket of $5 or greater. Players can enter the 22 digits from their non-winning Scratch ticket manually or can scan the ticket with the MyLottery app. The game can only be played on the Lottery website, either on a desktop or a mobile version. Players can start their journey at any time and at any point in the game over the 10-week period to win prizes and cash.

Each weekly drawing will only include entries for that week. On week 10, the grand prize drawing will include entries received from the beginning of week 1 through week 10. Weekly winners are only eligible to win one individual weekly drawings. All weekly winners are eligible to win the grand prize. Each week’s drawings run from 12 p.m. - 12 p.m. for the week, and weekly prizes range from $500 in VISA or REI gift cards to $500 in Scratch tickets. Weekly Prizes total $7,500.

The grand prize package is valued at $5,000, and includes:

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  • Thule Tepui Foothill Tent ($1,799.95)
  • REI CO-OP Siesta Hooded 25 Sleeping Bag ($109)
  • Kelty Galactic 30 Sleeping Bag-Women’s ($119.95)
  • Yeti Hopper BackFlip 24 Cooler ($299.98)
  • Two Yeti Rambler Colsters ($50)
  • GSI Outdoors Selkirk 460 2-Burner Stove ($99.95)
  • GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Base Camper Cookset ($109.95)
  • Two ENO SingleNest Hammocks ($99.90)
  • Two ENO Atlas Hammock Suspension Systems ($59.90)
  • Two ENO Guardian SL Hammock Bug Nets ($89.90)
  • ENO Fuse Tandem Hammock System ($29.95)
  • Mountain Summit Gear Heavy Duty Roll Top Table-Large ($99.95)
  • Two GCI Outdoor Pod Rocker Chairs ($130)
  • Luminaid PackLite Max 2-in-1 Power Lanterns ($99.90)
  • Two PETZL Tactikka+ Headlamps ($99.90)
  • Aquaglide Chinook 120 Inflatable Kayak ($599.95)
  • Two Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Posi-Lok Kayak Paddle-Carbon Shaft ($299.90)
  • Bote Breeze Aero Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board with Paddle- 10’8” ($649)
  • JBL Charge 5 Portable Speaker ($179.95)

 

Participants can enter more than one eligible ticket in each week’s drawing. Drawings will be conducted weekly over the promotion period, with the Grand Finale drawing occuring after the 10th week.

About Colorado Lottery:

Since 1983, the Colorado Lottery has returned more than $3.7 billion to outdoor projects and schools through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Building Excellent Schools Today. Proceeds from sales of Colorado Lottery games – Scratch, Powerball, Mega Millions, Colorado Lotto+, Lucky for Life, Cash 5, and Pick 3 – enhance, protect, improve parks, trails, and open space in Colorado. For more information, visit coloradolottery.com.

SOURCE: Colorado Lottery.

 

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West Virginia Lottery Earns Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for 24th Straight Year

News provided by: West Virginia Lottery

CHICAGO, Illinois (August 17, 2021) – The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the West Virginia Lottery for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020.  This is the 24th year in a row that the West Virginia Lottery has received the award.

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“I want to commend all of our employees for their hard work and dedication. The West Virginia Lottery is committed to operating with the utmost integrity.” West Virginia Lottery Director John Myers said. “Earning this distinction for 24 straight years is a testament to that commitment.”

The Lottery’s CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The non-profit GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAFR Program) in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.

The West Virginia Lottery operates as a business enterprise within the framework of State laws, rules and regulations. Its mission is to generate revenue to fund programs benefiting education, senior citizens, tourism and other programs the West Virginia Legislature may determine. Since its establishment in 1986, the West Virginia Lottery has produced more than $10.9 billion in proceeds for the People of West Virginia.

The West Virginia Lottery’s CAFR for fiscal years ended 2019 through 2009 are available online HERE.

SOURCE: West Virginia Lottery | EIN Presswire.

 

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Gaming Control Board Reports Record Monthly Revenue in July

Table games revenue in casinos hits all-time high as patrons come back to casinos

HARRISBURG, PA (August 18, 2021) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board posted reports today on its website that show that the combined total revenue in July 2021 generated from all forms of gaming regulated by the Board along with fantasy contests was $423,657,956. That represents the highest monthly revenue total to date for games regulated by the Board.

Sources of gaming revenue regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board include slot machines, table games, internet casino-type gaming (iGaming), sports wagering, fantasy contests and video gaming terminals (VGTs). The Board has posted separate reports for these types of gaming on its website, https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/.

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The Board notes that revenue from land-based casino games was particularly strong with monthly table games achieving a record for revenue and slot machine revenue placing 4th all time for a month.

In releasing the July figures, the Board again noted that due to Covid-19 restrictions casinos were operating last year with reduced slot and table games capacity and occupancy limits with two facilities were closed for a portion July 2020:

  • Rivers Casino Pittsburgh was closed from July 3 to July 9
  • Rivers Casino Philadelphia was closed from July 1 to 16.

 

Therefore, while revenue comparisons are made in this release against the previous year, to provide a fairer comparison of this month’s revenue figures the Board is once again providing, where appropriate, a comparison of this year’s revenue against that of July 2019 when Covid-19 restrictions were not in place and all casinos operated for the entirety of the month. Using that comparison, this month’s total revenue was 51% above that of July 2019 when the total revenue was $281,482,227.

Additionally, total tax revenue before any adjustments was $174,655,135.

Revenue by Game Type

The Board is also providing a synopsis of revenue year-over-year by types of games:

 

Slot Machine Revenue

July’s gross revenue from slot machines was $222,874,389 an increase of 35% when compared to July 2020.

When comparing slot revenue from July 2019 (pre-Covid-19 revenue) to July 2021 there was a 12% increase with $199,607,005 in July 2019 compared $222,874,389 in July 2021.

The number of slot machines in operation in July 2021 was 25,710.

Tax revenue from the play of slots machines in July 2021 was $113,137,754*.

 

Table Games Revenue

Table games revenue for July 2021 was $86,921,038 a 66% increase over July 2020 when table games revenue was $52,512,448.

When comparing table games revenue from July 2019 (pre-Covid-19 revenue) to July 2021 there was a 13% increase with $76,965,914 in July 2019 compared $86,921,038 in July 2021.

Total tax revenue from table games play during July 2021 was $13,990,599*.

 

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Internet Casino-Type Gaming (iGaming) Revenue

Casino-type games offered online generated gross revenue of $88,681,608 during July 2021 an increase of 63% when compared to $54,352,149 in July 2020.

Tax revenue generated from iGaming play during July 2021 was $38,190,620*.

 

Sports Wagering Revenue

Taxable revenue during July 2021 for sports wagering was $19,856,180, compared to $8,147,480 in July of last year, an increase of 144%.

Tax revenue generated from sports wagering during July 2021 was $7,148,225*.

 

 Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs)

Total adjusted revenue for July 2021 for video gaming terminals (VGTs) was $3,754,668 an 81% increase when compared to July 2020 when revenue was $2,069,180. By the close of July 2021, four VGT Terminal Operators were operating the maximum permitted five machines at 51 truck stop establishments.

Tax revenue collected from the play of VGTs in July 2021 was $1,952,428.

 

Fantasy Contests

Fantasy Contests revenue was $1,570,073 in July 2021, an increase of 70% over July 2020, when revenue was $925,738.

Tax revenue collected from the play of Fantasy Contests in July 2021 was $235,511*.

 

 *All tax revenue figures reflect amount generated prior to any adjustments by the PA Department of Revenue

 

 About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of gambling at 15 land-based casinos, online casino games, retail and online sports wagering, and Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs) at qualified truck stops, along with the regulation of online fantasy sports contests.

The land-based casino industry in Pennsylvania consists of six racetrack (Category 1) casinos, five stand-alone (Category 2) casinos, two resort (Category 3) casinos and two mini-casinos (Category 4).  Casino expansion will continue over the next couple of years with the anticipated openings of up to three additional Category 4 casinos. A significant job generator in the Commonwealth, casinos and the other types of Board-regulated gaming annually generate over $1.5 billion in tax revenue.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 

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