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Vol. 97 No.3 - October 18, 2021

 

 

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Texas Lottery Presented with Three Prestigious National Awards

Agency recognized for best website and print advertising efforts

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AUSTIN, Texas (October 13, 2021) – The Texas Lottery Commission received three top lottery industry awards during the 2021 North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries’ (NASPL) annual conference, which was held digitally for a second year in a row due to COVID-19 precautions. The agency was presented with a Hickey Award and two Batchy Awards during the virtual NASPL DeskCon seminar.

“We are delighted to have our redesigned website and print advertising efforts nationally recognized by our lottery industry peers,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission. “These honors are a compliment to the creativity and hard work executed by our talented staff and advertising partner, ThirdEar. As we celebrate these awards, we remain driven to finding creative ways to highlight our products in an entertaining way so that the Texas Lottery can generate revenue for public education and veterans’ services in Texas.”

The Texas Lottery was presented with a Hickey Award in the Best Website category for its redesigned website that launched in Dec. 2020.

The new look features a fresh, modern design that incorporates the latest web technology, making site navigation across both web and mobile platforms more intuitive for its users. The refreshed look features an expanded layout for the latest draw games on the homepage and the all-new “Player Area” that houses popular resources for Texas Lottery® players. The project spanned eight months and utilized a combination of an agile core committee and workgroups to balance development speed and accuracy. To incorporate stronger brand recognition for the agency through its website, the agency migrated its txlottery.org domain to the new texaslottery.com URL in June 2021.

The Texas Lottery and ThirdEar were also recognized as Hickey Award finalists for the Luck Happens

Shakey Graves Livestream in the Special Events/Promotion category.

In recognition of the many contributions lottery marketing pioneer Owen Hickey made to the industry, the annual Hickey Awards are presented to lotteries that emulate Hickey’s commitment through successful promotional and strategic marketing efforts in the areas of Website, Special Events Promotion and Audio/Visual Presentation.

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In addition, the Texas Lottery earned a Batchy Award in the Print Advertising – Retailer Signage/Merchandising category for its Hawaii Dream Getaway point-of-sale promotional signage and a Batchy Award in the Print Advertising – Color or Black and White category for its All or

Nothing™ daily draw game print ad.

The Hawaii Dream Getaway point-of-sale signage, which was used to promote the X THE CASH scratch ticket multiplier family and the Hawaii Dream Getaway Promotional Second-Chance Drawings, featured a near-six-foot surfboard and incorporated a QR code that gave consumers an augmented reality experience with Darius Rucker where they could learn more about the Hawaii trip and private concert that was being awarded as a second-chance promotional prize.

“It was an amazing opportunity for Atlas Experiences to collaborate with the Texas Lottery and Pollard Banknote to innovate the player experience,” said Derek Gwaltney, Founder & CEO of Atlas Experiences. “The augmented reality promotional elements with Darius Rucker created a unique way to communicate with players and winners that generated excitement for the Hawaii Dream Getaway promotion.”

The Texas Lottery’s All or Nothing print ad, which was created internally by agency staff, showcased the unique nature of the game – “Match. Or Don’t.” The ad reminds players that they can win by matching all of their numbers and also in a less traditional way of matching none of their numbers. It was a fun, simple and relatable approach that got Texans excited to play All or Nothing.

The Texas Lottery was also a Batchy Award finalist in four other categories. For the Radio Advertising: Corporate Beneficiary category, the agency was recognized for its “A Brighter Future” spot, while its 30th Anniversary campaign print advertisement was honored as a finalist in the Print Advertising: Coordinated Print Campaign category.

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The agency was also tabbed a runner-up in the TV Advertising: Coordinated Campaign category for its “It All Starts With a Scratch” evergreen commercial spot and a finalist in the Special Category for Original Music for TV or Radio with its “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” audio track.

The Batchy Awards honor the memory and distinguished career of Ralph Batch, a champion of quality lottery advertising. Each year, the Batchy Awards are presented to recognize lottery advertising that achieves the level of excellence Batch upheld throughout his career.

About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $33.6 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $71 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed

$27.6 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 $166 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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New York Series Scratch-off Game Named Industry’s Best New Instant Game by North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries

TV and Print Campaign for the New York Series also earn top Awards

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NW YORK (October 14, 2021) -- The New York Lottery’s New York Series Scratch-off game featuring original illustrations of iconic New York locations was honored as the Best New Instant Game of 2021 by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries at the industry group’s annual conference this week.

“The New York Series marked the Lottery’s introduction back into the marketplace following our advertising pause caused by the pandemic,” said Lottery Director Gweneth Dean. “We envisioned a Scratch-off game that would pay homage to our State and to the resilience of all New Yorkers. The New York Series ticket captured both – as well as the attention of our players – thanks to a strategic departure from the typical Scratch-off game.”

The five-ticket, limited-edition series featured minimalist illustrations representing Downstate New York as well as the State’s Adirondack, Central, Finger Lakes, and Western New York regions. The award-winning television ad entitled, “All Aboard” anchored the statewide campaign which also received an award for Best Print Advertising Coordinated Campaign.

Inspired by New York and made for New York, each ticket featured an iconic region in the state. The goal was to create a look that was counterintuitive to the typical novelty design of scratch tickets. Recognizing the challenges that New Yorkers faced in 2020, the Lottery partnered with New York artist Vi Loung to provide illustrations of easily recognizable regions of the state.

The campaign also featured an updated rendition of the timeless classic, “Autumn in New York,” sung by New York-based vocalist Maya Solovey, who sang the track in English and Spanish.

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Not only was the illustrator and vocalist from New York, the Lottery also collaborated on the campaign with New York-based production and audio post-production companies to support our fellow New Yorkers during tough times.

The New York Series ticket generated more than $40 million in sales and resulted in an outpouring of love and engagement from New Yorkers in the form of calls, emails, social posts and letters of praise for the beautiful tickets and thoughtful advertising.

Other Awards included Best Multicultural Advertising for a Spanish-language television ad and Best New Media for an innovative social media promotion, both to support the $1,000,0000 Premiere (Spanish TV ad) Scratch-off, and Best Use of Humor in Television for the Multiplier Scratch-off series.

“This incredible breadth of work and recognition is a direct result of our teams partnering together hand-in-hand to push the boundaries of product development and industry communications,” said Chris Macdonald, McCann Chairman & CEO. “We are incredibly proud and thankful to the New York Lottery for their trust and partnership.”

NASPL’s Responsible Gaming judges recognized the work of the New York State Gaming Commission and the Responsible Play Partnership, which includes the New York State Office of Addictions Services and Supports and the New York Council on Problem Gambling for its work on the Keep Your Game Grounded campaign.

Specifically, the NASPL recognized the campaign as a finalist in the Coordinated Campaign, Radio and Print categories.

About the New York Lottery

The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.59 billion in fiscal year 2020-2021 to help support education in New York State.

New Yorkers struggling with a gambling addiction, or who know someone who is, can find help by calling the State's toll-free, confidential HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (467369).  Standard text rates may apply.

About McCann Worldgroup

McCann Worldgroup is a leading global marketing solutions network whose professionals are united across 100+ countries by a single vision: To help brands earn a meaningful role in people’s lives.

About NASPL

The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) was founded in 1971. Evolving from an informal exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, the organization has now grown into an active association representing 53 lottery organizations.

SOURCE: The New York Lottery.

 

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Texas Lottery Drawings Supervisor Receives Top Industry Honor

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AUSTIN, Texas (October 7, 2021) – The Texas Lottery Commission today announced that Conchita Daniel, the agency’s drawings supervisor, was named a recipient of a 2021 Powers Award during the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries’ (NASPL) annual seminar. Daniel was presented with the award virtually during NASPL DeskCon, which was held digitally for a second year in a row due to COVID-19 precautions.

“The COVID-19 pandemic brought especially daunting challenges for the Texas Lottery draw team, and there was no one better suited to lead them than Conchita Daniel,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “Understanding and addressing the safety concerns of her staff and thinking outside the box to split her team into two separate work groups, working tirelessly to maintain COVID protocols and dealing with vendors to make needed safety modifications – Conchita dealt with every challenge head-on. Most importantly, Conchita’s leadership during this period meant that every Texas Lottery drawing occurred securely and with integrity. For these many reasons, I am proud to see Conchita’s efforts recognized by NASPL and congratulate her on receiving one of this year’s Powers Awards.”

Each year, the Powers Awards are presented in recognition of the significant contributions lottery and lottery vendor employees have made through exceptional job performance.

These awards are named in honor of the late Edward J. Powers, the “Father of U.S. Lotteries.” Powers spent more than 25 years in the lottery industry helping to define the most effective organizational structures that have become a blueprint for today’s lotteries. The drive, commitment and integrity Powers demonstrated set the standard of excellence exhibited by lottery and vendor employees nominated for this award.

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A longtime employee of the State of Texas, Daniel joined the Texas Lottery Commission in March 2000. She has led the Texas Lottery through transformative growth in its draw studio capacity and design, serving as a critical member of the team that designed the first “in-house” draw studio, moving the Texas Lottery’s four daily drawings from a small rented soundstage in a remote location. In April of 2022, Daniel will once again be leading her team into another new, state-of-the-art location for the draw studio at a new headquarters building currently under construction.

Daniel has also overseen the modernization of the Texas Lottery’s draw game business practices. She has developed a robust Business Continuity Program that is a model in the lottery industry. Members of the Texas Governor’s Office and Texas Legislature, Texas Lottery Commissioners, and lottery drawings staff from all over the world have visited the Texas Lottery drawing studio to learn of these processes, with Daniel as their guide serving as a very effective ambassador for the mission and reputation of the Texas Lottery.

Daniel manages a team of 17 staff who operate the Texas Lottery’s eight different draw games that occur as many as four times per day, six days per week.

About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $33.6 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $71 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed

$27.6 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 $166 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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West Lotto Become First EL Member to be RG Certified for the Fifth Time!

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (October 8, 2021) -- Committed to addressing illegal gambling and related criminal activities while minimising any potential harm on society, EL has developed a Standard that aims to promote the adoption of best practices across the EL membership: the EL Responsible Gaming Certification.

Congratulations to Westdeutsche Lotterie GmbH & Co. (WestLotto) who is the first EL Member to be certified for the fifth time!

During this interview with Mr. Andreas Kötter, CEO of WestLotto we hear all about being Responsible Gaming certified for the fifth time, especially during a pandemic as well as practical advice and tips for other EL Members.

 

Your lottery was certified for the fifth time during a global pandemic. How did the process differ from previous certifications, and did it take place online? What are the biggest lessons learnt from such an experience?

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As our last partial assessment was conducted online in Spring 2020, our fifth assessment did not differ much as we had already practiced via a digital platform. Due to our previous experience the whole process went fairly smooth. We have learnt that in order for it to work efficiently, the whole process must be well coordinated from the start. Of course, it is also important to have working technology and to test it beforehand.

 

Could you tell us about your progress since the first certification? What has changed and how did you grow and learn in the past 12 years?

For WestLotto continuous improvement is part of our Responsible Gaming programme. We have learnt a great deal through the various certification processes, and they always helped us to improve further. They also helped us to make colleagues from other departments aware of future challenges.

Throughout the years, the use of technology has made a real difference to our responsible gaming measures, especially in the remote environment. We also rely on research and have several cooperation partnerships with research institutes. Additionally, independent academic reviews of our prevention strategies and initiatives are an important part of our responsible gaming strategy.

 

Reaching the fifth certification is a huge achievement. Did you set your lottery specific goals this time and did you reach your expected results?

Our responsible gaming program is based on continuous improvement. To us it is very important that responsible gaming is also a pillar of our management system and that everyone in the company knows and supports this. Also, we have to react to market developments, for example the fact that in the digital world gaming and gambling get closer and customer behaviour constantly changes. We have adapted our Responsible Gaming strategy to these challenges, set ourselves ambitious targets, strived for the best results and got approved.

 

What was the most difficult part of the fifth certification and how did you overcome it?

The most difficult part was the COVID-19 situation and the fact that there was no possibility for face-to-face exchanges, not only during the assessment, but also beforehand between colleagues. It was a real challenge to conduct such an assessment, but with our experience from the previous partial assessment, the use of technology and the right preparation we were able to overcome it.

 

What was the added value for your lottery in being certified for a fifth time? For example, how does it influence your daily business - retail outlets, product development, relation with stakeholders?

We were amongst one of the first lotteries that have been certified and throughout the years we have developed a very robust Responsible Gaming programme that involves continuous engagement not only with colleagues, but also with retailers and stakeholders. It is very important for us to value and appreciate the responsible gaming work everyone is doing on a daily basis, but also to be shown that what we are doing is acknowledged by our stakeholders.

However, the certification has also taught us to be braver and to do things that seem to be unusual for others. For example: As a gambling provider our products are not for people under the age of 18 and by law, we are not allowed to contact that audience.

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In our opinion it is very important though to teach people from a young age about the risks of gambling. We therefore decided to cooperate with Smart Camps, a provider that goes directly into schools and teaches young adults between 14-18 years old about the digital world. Smart Camps by WestLotto teaches that audience about gaming (which they already know a lot about), but also about how gaming can turn fun into risky behaviour, how to decide if it is still ‘gaming’ or actually ‘gambling’, what loot boxes are and so on.

The project has been very successful so far and right now we are planning on developing a digital Smart Camp Academy, so that more students can learn about the programme online. It took us some courage though to start that project in the beginning, as we didn´t know how our stakeholders would react to us going into schools as a cooperation partner. But our courage has been rewarded – our stakeholders have complimented us on our approach. That fact is, we did well, and we want to do well in the future by continuing to be brave and taking unusual steps.

 

What advice do you have for EL Members who are about to start their fifth certification?

Our last assessment was under the old certification framework. The new one brings additional challenges with a new responsible gaming governance section. Therefore, we certainly would recommend that lotteries need to integrate a strong and systematic management approach to responsible gaming within the organisation.

 

What tips do you have for non-certified EL Members who are completely new to the whole process?

Often the certification process might look like a huge mountain to climb. However, as we experienced, many responsible gaming measurements are already in place and only have to be documented. We very much want to encourage lotteries to go through the certification process, because it helps to convince your stakeholders that you are a responsible operator.

It also helps to participate in the EL Responsible Gaming events and have continuous exchanges with other lotteries, academics and stakeholders.

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SOURCE: The European Lotteries.

 

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British Gambling Commission Warns Consumers of Unlicensed Football-Themed Website

Consumer information notice: Sorare.com

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (October 8, 2021) -- It has come to our attention the football-themed website, Sorare.com, is available to consumers in Great Britain.

Sorare.com is not licensed by the Gambling Commission.

This means that any activity completed on the site by consumers in Great Britain is outside of the gambling regulations that a licensed operator should comply with.

Consumers are being advised to consider this information when deciding whether or not to interact with the site.

The Gambling Commission is currently carrying out enquiries into the company to establish whether Sorare.com requires an operating licence or whether the services it provides do not constitute gambling.

We will not be commenting further pending the conclusion of those enquiries.

SOURCE: Gambling Commission press office.

 

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Connecticut Lottery Corporation’s Playsugarhouse Sportsbook Soft Launches Online Today

Players can Now Register and Place First Bets at www.PlaySugarHouse.com

ROCKY HILL, CT (October 12, 2021) – The Connecticut Lottery Corporation (“CLC”), and its partner Rush Street Interactive (NYSE: RSI) (“RSI”), a leading online sports betting and casino company in the United States, will soft launch the PlaySugarHouse online sportsbook in Connecticut today at 3 p.m. During the soft-launch period, up to 750 customers across the state can register and place bets beginning today at www.PlaySugarHouse.com and experience RSI’s award-winning sports betting platform, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Today and Wednesday, online wagering will be open from 3-11 p.m., and expand to 24 hours

by the end of the week-long soft launch, subject to regulatory approval.

Once the 750-player limit is reached, per Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection regulations, customers who pre-register at www.PlaySugarHouse.com will be added to a waiting list and notified as soon as the full launch is authorized. Waitlisted customers will receive an extra $25 free bet once their PlaySugarHouse accounts can be opened, on top of the $250 first deposit match bonus to which all new players are entitled.

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The CLC’s PlaySugarHouse online sportsbook will offer bettors in Connecticut a wide array of betting options on professional and collegiate leagues, games, and players, including spreads, moneylines, props, futures, same game parlays, and more, all delivered through an engaging and easy-to-use website and app. RSI’s mobile sportsbook app was rated #3 out of 35 apps in the United States market this week by independent gaming research firm Eilers & Krejcik.

PlaySugarHouse is the official sportsbook partner of the Connecticut Lottery. In addition to betting from their home computers and mobile devices, Connecticut players will soon be able to place bets in-person at one of 15 accessible PlaySugarHouse retail sportsbooks across the state, including 10 Sportech Venues locations, subject to regulatory approvals: Bobby V’s locations in Stamford and Windsor Locks; Sports Haven in New Haven; and the Winners locations in Hartford, Manchester, Waterbury, Torrington, New Britain, Milford, and Norwalk.

About the Connecticut Lottery Corporation:

The Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC) is a quasi-public state agency with the mission to generate revenue for Connecticut consistent with the highest standards of good public policy and social responsibility. 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 CLC 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, its contributions to the General Fund have exceeded $10.6 billion.

The CLC reminds the public that Lottery purchasers must be 18 or older, and players must be 21 to place sports wagers. If you gamble, please play responsibly and use your Game Sense.

About RSI

RSI is a trusted online gaming and sports entertainment company focused on regulated markets in the United States and Latin America. Through its brands, BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com, RSI was an early entrant in many regulated jurisdictions and is currently live with real-money mobile, online and/or retail operations in ten U.S. states: Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Indiana, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa and West Virginia. RSI is also active internationally, offering its online casino and sportsbook in the regulated gaming market of Colombia on RushBet.co. RSI offers, through its proprietary online gaming platform, some of the most popular online casino games and sports betting options in the United States. Founded in 2012 in Chicago by gaming industry veterans, RSI was named the 2020 Global Gaming Awards Digital Operator of the Year and the 2021 EGR North America Awards Casino Operator of the Year, Customer Services Operator of the Year and Social Gaming Operator of the Year. RSI is committed to industry-leading responsible gaming practices and seeks to provide its customers with the resources and services they need to play responsibly. For more information, visit: www.rushstreetinteractive.com.

SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery Corporation.

 

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Atlantic Lottery Returns $346.5 Million in Profit for 2020-21

  • Corporation returns $346.5 million to four Atlantic Provinces for 2020-21 fiscal year.
  • The Destination line of business returned $177.1 million and Retail and iLottery lines returned $169.4 million.

 

MONCTON, N.B. (October 7, 2021) – Atlantic Lottery President and CEO Patrick Daigle has released the corporation’s 2020-21 annual report and financial results.

“I am happy to share Atlantic Lottery’s 2020-21 financial results and to announce that the corporation returned $346.5 million to the four Atlantic provinces last year,” Daigle said. “Atlantic Lottery and its employees are proud of the returns delivered to our region and our communities during this challenging year.”

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Of the total profits in 2020-21, Atlantic Lottery returned $118.9 million to Nova Scotia, followed by $118.6 million to New Brunswick, $94.3 million to Newfoundland and Labrador, and $14.7 million to Prince Edward Island.

Profit returned fell $48.9 million short compared to the previous fiscal year. This was primarily a result of safety measures implemented during the pandemic which included a temporary shutdown of operations in the Destination line of business. The Destination line of business returned $80.4 million less than the year prior, while the Retail and iLottery lines of business partially offset this shortfall by exceeding the previous year’s return by $31.5 million.

Atlantic Lottery’s alc.ca platform experienced record sales in 2020-21 and continues to grow, demonstrating the importance of the corporation’s growing online presence.

“Atlantic Lottery continues to invest in its digital channels and is working to modernize our player experiences so we can continue to compete in this highly competitive market and maximize future profit returns,” Daigle said. “This focus helped us to pivot during COVID-19 and identify ways to continue providing our players with exceptional experiences despite service disruptions.”

The iLottery share of net profit increased to 16 per cent in 2020-21 from four per cent the previous year, while the share of total lottery sales from the iLottery line of business increased to 27 per cent from 8 per cent.

“We will continue to put our players first, providing innovative new products and experiences in a responsible and regulated manner,” Daigle said. “We are constantly evolving to ensure we are able to deliver on our mandate to return 100 per cent of profit to the four Atlantic provinces and support our local communities for many years to come.”

Atlantic Lottery is publicly owned by the four Atlantic provinces and returns 100 per cent of its profits to the four provincial governments. Founded in 1976, Atlantic Lottery has since returned more than $10 billion in total profits to the region.

The complete 2020-21 annual report, financial statements and community impact report are available at ALC.CA.

SOURCE: The Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC).

 

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PA Gaming Control Board Takes Actions on Underage Gaming and Unattended Kids Left in Cars

HARRISBURG, PA (October 13, 2021) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (Board) today, in its first in-person public meeting since March 2020, approved actions related to the permitting of underage gambling at a casino and children left by parents unattended in vehicles in the parking lot of a casino.

In the first matter, the Board today approved a $10,000 fine against Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc., operator of Parx Casino in Bucks County for permitting an 18-year-old to enter the gaming floor and gamble on slot machines.

The terms of the fine were included in a consent agreement between the agency’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and the license holder, then approved by the Board.

The Gaming Act makes it unlawful for an individual under 21 years of age to enter and remain in any area of a licensed facility where slot machines are operated or the play of table games is conducted, and to wager, play or attempt to play a slot machine or table game at a licensed facility.

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The Board was also presented today with three cases involving unattended kids left in cars parked in a parking garage or a surface parking lot at a casino in Pennsylvania. In each case, the parent or guardian left a young child or children with no adult supervision so they could go into a casino to gamble on slots, gamble at a table game, buy or redeem a sports bet, or meet up with acquaintances who are gambling.

In each instance, the Board termed this behavior “irresponsible”, resulting in the approval of the placement of three offending adults on the PGCB’s Involuntary Exclusion List that prohibits individuals from entering and gambling at all Pennsylvania casinos. Additionally, offenders may also face criminal prosecution for endangering the welfare of a child or children.

Since 2011, 129 individuals have been placed on the Involuntary Exclusion list for this type of incident.

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  • One parent was involuntarily excluded for leaving his 11-year-old child in a vehicle in the parking lot of a casino so that he could go inside to redeem a sportsbook ticket;
  • The parent of 8- and 5-year-old boys was involuntarily excluded after leaving them in his vehicle to place a bet at the casino sportsbook and play at a craps table; and,
  • A third individual was placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List for leaving four children aged 13, 13, 10 and 2 in her vehicle so she could enter the casino to watch an acquaintance play at a craps table.

 

In making these decisions regarding the three adults, the Board is reminding the gambling public to not leave children unattended in the parking lot or garage, a hotel, or other venue at a casino, not only because of the possible exclusion from all Pennsylvania casinos and prosecution, but more importantly due to the possible safety hazard to the child.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in the PGCB’s Public Hearing Room located on the second floor of the Strawberry Square Complex in Harrisburg.

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 is expected to generate over $1.8 billion in tax revenue during the 2021/2022 State Fiscal Year.

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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Global Gaming Women President Cassie Stratford Appears in an Inspirational New Episode of Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®) Illuminating Conversations Web Series

LAS VEGAS (October 14, 2021) – “Raise your hand to get the opportunity to do the work you find interesting, even if you feel like you know nothing about it. That’s the only way you learn.” So says Cassie Stratford, Global Gaming Women’s new president, in an appearance with GLI CEO James Maida on Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®) Illuminating Conversations web series.

The new episode premiered today and is available for streaming exclusively at gaminglabs.com/illuminatingconversations.

In addition to her volunteer role as GGW president, Stratford is VP of Legal Affairs and Assistant General Counsel for Boyd Gaming Corporation, and in this inspiring new episode, Stratford and Maida lend their insights into the future and how diversity will benefit and shape the gaming industry over the next decade.

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“What’s fantastic is it’s becoming less unique to look around a room and see a lot of female faces and, more generally speaking, a lot more diversity,” Stratford says.

The pair also discuss the role of mentorship and volunteerism, and how lessons Stratford learned as a new lawyer guide her approach to business and life.

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

“I’m thrilled to have Cassie Stratford add to what continues to be an incredible first season of Illuminating Conversations, and we are grateful to each of our guests, who have come from around the world, to lend their voices to the most important issues of the day,” Maida said.

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

 

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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Aristocrat Gaming™ and Boyd Gaming Launch Cashless Table Game Field Trial in Nevada

For information visit www.aristocratgaming.com and www.boydgaming.com.

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 13, 2021 -- Aristocrat Gaming™ and Boyd Gaming today announced the successful launch in Nevada of Boyd Pay Wallet™, a cashless payment solution for table games powered by Aristocrat's digital wallet technology. The field trial is the latest enhancement to Boyd Pay, Boyd Gaming's cashless technology solution.

The table games trial follows the previous introduction of cashless technology for slot players at Boyd Gaming properties in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Ohio, as well as a cashless payment solution for non-gaming amenities in Nevada.

The Boyd Pay Wallet field trial is being conducted at Boyd Gaming's Aliante Casino Hotel and Spa in North Las Vegas, Nev., in partnership with Genesis Gaming.

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Boyd Pay Wallet will be integrated into Boyd Gaming's B Connected™ app, allowing players to use their mobile device to fund table game wagers without withdrawing cash from an ATM or redeeming tickets and chips at the cage.

After securely logging into the B Connected app, a table game player can use the Boyd Pay Wallet technology to buy into the game, using traditional casino chips to play the game. At the conclusion of play, the player can keep the casino chips or transfer funds directly back to the cashless Boyd Pay wallet, without ever visiting the cage.

"Innovation and improving the guest journey is at the heart of everything we do, and our industry-leading mobile offerings are a testament to that," said Cath Burns, Executive Vice President of Customer Experience Solutions for Aristocrat Gaming. "With this technology, we're committed to deliver best-in-class experiences for both patrons and operators throughout the guest journey."

Blake Rampmaier, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Boyd Gaming, said, "Boyd Pay is another example of our commitment to leverage technology to enhance the guest experience at our properties. Boyd Gaming continues to add industry-best mobile cashless wagering and contactless solutions in partnership with Aristocrat to drive mobile innovation in a secure and exciting environment for our patrons."

Award-winning Oasis 360™ casino management system with TrackIT™ powered by Genesis allows guests to wager using Boyd Pay-generated QR code at the start of the session. It also allows guest redemption using Boyd Pay Wallet, reducing friction, and paves the way for the ultimate mobile cashless guest experience. With the seamless integration of TrackIT with Boyd Connect™ (Boyd's digital player club card), B Connected (Boyd's mobile app) and Boyd Pay™ (digital wallet), the operator gains visibility into player's activity, reduces costs, and reduces risk, while supporting responsible gaming.

Oasis 360 TrackIT was named "Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Awards" by Casino Journal in 2020. With this mobile wallet extension, players can easily transition between slots, table games and retail outlets with a mobile device. Aristocrat is transforming the gaming tech industry and continuing to lead the curve with its vision.

For more information about Oasis 360 system or any of Aristocrat's industry-leading solutions, contact your Aristocrat representative or visit www.aristocratgaming.com. Join Aristocrat on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

SOURCE: Aristocrat Technologies Inc. press release.

 

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