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Vol. 97 No.4A - October 25, 2021

 

 

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Win Tickets to Pro Football’s Biggest Game of the Year

New Quick Draw Promotion From NJ Lottery Offers An Epic Trip To The Big Game, Meet Pro Football Legends, Private Tour & More

TRENTON (Oct. 12, 2021) – New Jersey Lottery is offering Quick Draw players a second-chance drawing promotion to win tickets to Pro Football’s Biggest Game of the Year! Three winners and their guests will win a trip to Los Angeles, California from February 10–14, 2022, to attend the championship game. The trip includes roundtrip coach airfare, ground transportation at destination, hotel accommodations for four nights (one room, double occupancy), $1,000 spending cash, and more!

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“We know that many of our Quick Draw players are football fans, and Quick Draw remains a popular social game to play while watching sports with friends,” said New Jersey Lottery Executive Director James Carey. He continued, “In addition to the trip, the winners will be invited to several events sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including a Welcome Dinner & Reception, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Merlin Olson Luncheon, and a pre-game tailgate party – complete with chances to meet Hall of Fame Legends throughout!”

Players can visit EpicFootballTrip.com to enter eligible Quick Draw game tickets for a chance to win. Any Quick Draw ticket purchased during the promotional period with five (5) or more consecutive drawings on the ticket can be entered into the drawing. For complete game rules, prizes, and entries, visit EpicFootballTrip.com. The deadline to submit tickets is November 28, 2021. Winners will be drawn November 29, 2021.

Quick Draw is a keno game of chance that provides players with a field of 80 numbers from which to choose up to 10 numbers. The Lottery draws 20 numbers and, depending on how many numbers players match, they win a prize. Drawings are held every four minutes, and tickets can be purchased at select bars and restaurants throughout New Jersey and wherever other Lottery games are sold.

The logos associated with the Professional Football Hall of Fame, alone and in combination, and the words “PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME”, are trademarks or registered trademarks of the National Football Museum, Inc., and are used here with permission. All rights to the use of these marks are reserved. Unauthorized use is subject to civil and criminal penalties.

SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.

 

 

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Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®) Director of Lottery Solutions Angela Wong will be Inducted into PGRI Lottery Industry Hall of Fame

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (October 19, 2021) – Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®) Director of Lottery Solutions, Angela Wong will be inducted into the PGRI Lottery Industry Hall of Fame. Wong was chosen for the honor by the Hall’s current 94 members, who voted for and elected three industry leaders to be inducted into the Class of 2021.

Wong was chosen for the honor because of her long history of promoting excellence and integrity in the lottery industry. Also in the 2021 class are Wendy Montgomery, SVP, Global Brand, Marketing and Communications, IGT, and John Schulz, SVP, Instant Products and Partner Services, Scientific Games.

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“I am humbled and honored to be selected as an inductee into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame, and to work with so many talented and exceptional people dedicated to the success of the lottery industry,” Wong said.

“We were very excited to add Angela Wong to the GLI team earlier this year because of her rare set of skills and experience,” said Kevin Mullally, Senior Vice President of Government

Affairs and General Counsel. “The entire GLI family is grateful that lottery insiders and peers are recognizing her outstanding contributions to the industry. We are looking forward to supporting Angela in her new role as she continues to use her talents to benefit lottery clients around the world. She is yet another example of the deep bench of global expertise clients will find only at GLI.”

As GLI’s Director of Lottery Solutions, Wong is a valuable resource for the company’s lottery clients, working with lottery suppliers and technology vendors, providing insights into the future and guidance on their journey through GLI’s integrated compliance.

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Prior to joining GLI, Wong was director of the Montana Lottery, where she earned an international reputation for her leadership and innovative approach. She also is the immediate past president of the North American States and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), where she also held multiple leadership positions over ten years. She is also the immediate past vice president of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL).

Click here to learn more about GLI’s many services for lottery regulators, suppliers, and operators.

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 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™ Shortlisted in Four Categories in the SBC Awards Latinoamérica

LAS VEGAS (October 19, 2021) – Aristocrat™ has been shortlisted in four categories in the upcoming SBC Awards Latinoamérica 2021. Specifically, Aristocrat has been nominated for:

 

• Employer of the Year

• Acquisition & Retention Partner

• Land-Based Betting & Gaming Product, for the company’s outstanding product performance

• Marketing Campaign of the Year for the company’s new “Aristocrat Gaming” campaign

 

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“We are thrilled to be shortlisted for these incredible honors. At Aristocrat, we have the best people making the best products for the best customers, and we are excited to have our teams’ hard work recognized by the industry we serve,” said Chris Rowe, Aristocrat’s managing director of LatAm and EMEA.

According to event organizers, the SBC Awards Latinoamérica recognize the achievements of operators, affiliates and suppliers from all the major disciplines including payments, marketing, and data.

Join the best team in gaming. Visit the careers page of aristocratgaming.com today.

ABOUT ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Aristocrat Technologies Inc. is a subsidiary of Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL), a global games leader with more than 6,000 employees. The company is licensed in over 300 gaming jurisdictions, operates in more than 90 countries, and offers a unique blend of products and services.

The company is the leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of Class III games as well as Class II Innovations for Native American casinos and emerging markets.

The company’s mission is to bring joy to life through the power of play. Its values are rooted in creativity and technology, and the company has a rich history of innovation that has shaped the gaming industry over many decades. For further information, visit the company’s website at www.aristocratgaming.com.

Media Contacts:

Meghan Sleik, Meghan.Sleik@aristocrat.com

Paul Speirs-Hernandez, paul@steinbeckcommunications.com

 

SOURCE: Aristocrat Technologies Inc.

 

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Ohio Lottery First to Receive Highest Rating for Responsible Gambling Verification Program

CLEVELAND, OH (October 20, 2021) – The Ohio Lottery is the first state lottery to receive the rating of “exceeds standards” for the Sustaining Level of the NASPL/NCPG Responsible Gambling Verification Program.

The verification program is a joint effort between the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).

This standards and verification program was created in order to help lotteries plan and implement effective responsible gambling in all aspects of their operations, and recognize those that do it well.

The Lottery’s application was judged in eight categories. To receive the highest rating, the program application must meet the standards in all eight categories. In addition, the judges  must agree that the lottery exceeds standards in four of the eight categories.

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Judges concluded that the lottery exceeded standards in the areas of Employee Training, Public Education and Awareness, Research and Evaluation, and Advertising.

“The Ohio Lottery has always been committed to responsible gambling initiatives, and I’m proud of the work Karen Russo, our Director Responsible Gambling has done to grow the program to educate our customers and employees about responsible play,” Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald said.

The program was lauded for its use of highly respected RG specialists and a superb training video that allowed training to continue to take place virtually in the category of Employee Training. Assessors also applauded the Lottery’s efforts in providing RG awareness in multiple languages.

This year the Ohio Lottery has allocated $4 million for responsible gambling programs, including   funding for prevention and treatment of problem gambling with treatment centers across Ohio and specialized trainings.

The Ohio Lottery dedicates funding for responsible gambling and problem gambling awareness campaigns, including Keep It Fun, Ohio. The Lottery's website, Keep it Fun, Ohio offers Ohioans the chance to learn ways to keep gambling within the limits and how to spot a gambling problem. The site also offers a direct line to help for those struggling with a gambling addiction.

About the Ohio Lottery:

The Ohio Lottery has contributed more than $27 billion to education since 1974. For more information about the Ohio Lottery and its contribution to education, visit www.ohiolottery.com/supportingeducation.

SOURCE: The Ohio Lottery.

 

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TAB becomes the NBA’s Official Wagering Partner of the NBA in Australia

AUSTRALIA (October 19, 2021) – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and TAB today announced an expanded multiyear partnership that makes TAB the Official Wagering Partner of the NBA in Australia.

During the NBA’s landmark 75th Anniversary Season in 2021-22 and beyond, the NBA and TAB will work together to deliver innovative gaming experiences to Australian fans.

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TAB will be featured across the NBA’s digital platforms, including NBA.com, the NBA App, NBA Australia’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, and will serve as the presenting partner of a localized version of NBA Pick‘Em, the NBA’s free-to-play prediction game. 

Additionally, the NBA and TAB will produce a localized version of NBABet Stream, the NBA’s betting-focused alternate telecast, marking the first such execution outside of the U.S.

The NBA and TAB’s parent company Tabcorp, previously announced a partnership in 2019 that brought NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour television network, to Tabcorp’s Sky Channel in thousands of retail and entertainment venues across Australia.  The expanded partnership will build on the synergies between media and betting to create the ultimate NBA fan experience with live games, betting, and authentic NBA touchpoints in more than 4,400 venues.

“The NBA is one of the world’s great sporting organizations,” said Tabcorp Wagering & Media Managing Director Adam Rytenskild.

“The popularity of the NBA in Australia continues to grow, particularly amongst younger audiences.  We have a strong focus on Racing and this partnership strengthens TAB’s sport offering which will enable us to introduce new customers to wagering and to Racing. 

We look forward to working with the team at the NBA to provide our customers with a unique offering through outstanding products, promotions and content.”

“Fan engagement is the core of our partnership with TAB, a proven leader and innovator in the wagering space,” said NBA Asia Executive Vice President & Managing Director Scott Levy. 

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“This NBA season is primed to be yet another thrilling basketball showcase, and together with TAB, we will deliver the best possible gaming experience to deepen our engagement with the many passionate NBA fans in Australia who are interested in gaming.”

TAB and the NBA will also promote responsible wagering and collaborate on best-in-class practices to protect the integrity of NBA games.

About the NBA

The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League.  The NBA and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) also jointly operate the Basketball Africa League (BAL).  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming available in 215 countries and territories in more than 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2020-21 season featured 107 international players from 41 countries.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.9 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

About Tabcorp

Tabcorp is a world-class diversified gambling entertainment group listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and employing more than 5000 people. Tabcorp’s wagering business, TAB, is Australia’s biggest and best-known multi-channel wagering brand. Sky Channel is Tabcorp’s racing and sport broadcasting arm supplying vision to more than 4,400 TAB venues across Australia.

SOURCE: The NBA official release.

 

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NeoPollard Interactive Celebrates the New Hampshire Lottery’s Third Consecutive Year of Industry-Leading Success

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LANSING, Michigan, October 18, 2021 /CNW/ – NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NeoPollard Interactive” or “NPi”), jointly owned by Pollard Banknote Limited (“Pollard Banknote”; TSX: PBL) and NeoGames S.A. (Nasdaq: NGMS), congratulates the New Hampshire Lottery (“Lottery”) on its third consecutive year of industry-leading growth through the online channel. The New Hampshire Lottery’s program is the number two top-performing iLottery program in the U.S. based on per capita sales.

In Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2021, ending June 30, 2021, the New Hampshire Lottery’s net gaming revenue increased by 123% year-over-year, while simultaneously growing its retail instant sales by 18%. Since the initial launch of the Lottery’s program in FY19, net gaming revenue generated through iLottery has grown by an incredible 332%, firmly establishing the viability of modernizing lottery offerings through the iLottery channel in support of funding for education.

The New Hampshire Lottery continues to demonstrate its commitment to its players and to the growth of its iLottery program with recent launches of a new draw game online, as well as the latest progressive jackpot innovation from NPi. The latest addition to the Lottery’s draw game portfolio—Gimme 5—offers players up to five chances to win $100,000 each week and is an enhancement of NPi’s NeoDraw Central Gaming System and Gaming Systems Operations.

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The Lottery also recently launched VIP Ultra—the first in a family of linked progressive jackpot games from NeoGames Studio. VIP Ultra is available on nhlottery.com and allows players to share one rolling jackpot for all games in the series. Each ticket purchase contributes to a growing jackpot that resets once it is won. Additional progressive jackpot games are also scheduled to launch in the near future to add to the growing jackpot.

“The New Hampshire Lottery has proven to be a leader in the iLottery space since launching its iLottery program in partnership with NPi over three years ago. This was particularly evident through our joint appeal of the Federal Wire Act and ruling by the Department of Justice, which validated state-run lotteries’ ability to sell lottery products online,” said Liz Siver, General Manager of NeoPollard Interactive. “We are extremely proud of our successful partnership with the New Hampshire Lottery, and we remain dedicated to delivering cutting-edge technology, engaging game content, and value-added support through our Power Suite of iLottery services, to support a cause that we couldn’t be more passionate about—the important work that the New Hampshire Lottery does for education.”

“As one of the top-performing iLottery programs per capita in the U.S., the New Hampshire Lottery is proud of the revenue we’ve generated for New Hampshire schools since the launch of our program three years ago,” said Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery. “As we look to achieve more record-breaking success in the years to come, the New Hampshire Lottery will continue to uphold our mission to maximize proceeds for public education by leveraging innovative technology to deliver a secure, responsible, and entertaining lottery experience to our players.”

Since its inception in 1964, the New Hampshire Lottery has been dedicated to supporting education throughout the state. To date, the Lottery has contributed over $2 billion in revenue to schools in New Hampshire. To learn more, visit www.nhlottery.com.

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 online, NPi helped pioneer the successful introduction of iLottery in the U.S. and, is North America’s proven partner of choice to enable regulated lotteries to design and deploy complex gaming solutions in support of generating incremental revenue for good causes through the online channel. NPi offers cutting-edge technology, a full 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

 

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 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 media release.

 

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Lottery Transfers More Than $122 Million to Education in Tennessee in Q1 FY22

First Quarter Lottery Revenues Surpass Half-a-Billion Dollars

NASHVILL, Tennessee (October 18, 2021) – The Tennessee Education Lottery (TEL) transferred $118,127,000 to the Lottery for Education Account for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2022 on the strength of its best Q1 in TEL history. The TEL also generated $4,353,000 for after-school programs.

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The Lottery’s First Quarter (July 1 – September 30, 2021) Total Revenues were $501.8 million, the highest for any first quarter since the Lottery’s inception in 2004.

This brings the total Lottery funds raised for education since January 20, 2004 to $6,126,000,000.

“Our revenues for September were exceptionally strong, supported by the recent Powerball jackpot run that generated tremendous player excitement,” TEL President and CEO Rebecca Paul Hargrove said. “For Fiscal Year 2022 Q1, our revenues across all games are up nearly 2 percent, and we look forward to keeping that momentum as we continue our work to raise funds for education in Tennessee.”

Since the Lottery’s inception, more than 1.6 million scholarships and grants have been awarded with Lottery funds. More than 151,000 Tennessee students benefited in the 2020-2021 school year alone.

About the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $6 billion to fund designated education programs, including college grants, scholarships, Drive to 55 initiatives and after-school programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $16.8 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1.6 billion in commissions.

For additional information, visit tnlottery.com and follow the TEL on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

SOURCE: Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

 

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International Game Technology PLC to Host Third Quarter 2021 Results Conference Call on Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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LONDON, Oct. 20, 2021-- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss third quarter 2021 results for the period ended September 30, 2021 on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

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.

 

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Conference call details:

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

8:00 a.m. EST

 

Dial-in registration:

Visit here to register for the conference call. Upon registering, you will receive a dial-in number and unique PIN.

 

Webcast registration: A live, listen-only webcast is available under "Events Calendar" on IGT's Investor Relations website at www.IGT.com. A replay will also be available on the website following the call.

 

About IGT

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

 

CONTACT:

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 06 5189 9184; for Italian media inquiries

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

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC

 

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David Knott Named as New National Lottery Community Fund CEO

LONDON, U.K. (October 18, 2021) – The National Lottery Community Fund has today announced my appointment as its new Chief Executive. I am honoured to be leading this incredible organisation, but a little daunted too, as our mission - helping people and communities to prosper and thrive - feels more needed than ever before and our funding is being made at a critical time for communities.

I joined the organisation towards the end of 2020. I’ve learnt that we are the largest UK-wide community funder and that our funding makes a real difference. Over the last five years we’ve backed more than 72,000 community projects through over £3.4bn of grants. We are here for the benefit of everyone, bringing a local approach to reach people and communities. Working with partners locally and nationally we’re able to spread good practice and deepen impact further. This makes us more than just a funder, playing an active role in curating and sharing evidence, learning and insight.

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We are proud to have stood with communities during the terrible pandemic of the last 18 months. In all parts of the country, we moved swiftly to respond to the emergency, delivering a 40% increase in awards across the UK, with National Lottery funding working alongside additional funding on behalf of Governments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The difference this has made can now be seen. Across the UK, we reached 10.9 million people. In England, an independent evaluation tells us not only was this a record-breaking year, but our operating model delivered strong value for money. This was a lifeline for the more than 4,000 charities that were able to continue to operate, offering vital frontline services that helped the most vulnerable at a time of great need.

As the new Chief Executive, I’m proud of this incredible effort and the professionalism and positive attitude of staff who made it possible. At the same time, I’m humbled by the response of the communities we support. The pandemic has brought into sharp focus something I think we all knew to be true, but too often hidden from view - that communities are the heart of our nation, full of the connections with people and places that give us meaning, purpose and belonging.

We have a major role to play in this new era of community renewal. At every step of the way you can rely on us to put communities first. What we’ve learned from many years still stands true - we will be open to all communities, respecting their starting point. We will use our funding to bring people and communities together. We will support ideas from communities. We will continue to be guided by the knowledge that when people take the lead, communities will prosper and thrive.

Today we are publishing Putting Communities First - Our Commitments. It sets out what our partners can expect from us over the year ahead. I can’t wait to see the many amazing community projects we’ll back, and to be part of important moments where we’ll help bring people together, like the Platinum Jubilee, Commonwealth Games and Festival 2022, a big focus across the wider National Lottery family.

As we look ahead, increasingly confident and clear about our purpose, we must match this passion for the difference our service brings with a commitment to being the best we can be within The National Lottery Community Fund. In my time here, I’ve seen what is great about this organisation, but I also know that it is vital we continue to learn and grow. Where there are things that we could do better, you will see me listening, learning and then helping the organisation to take it on.

Fairness and inclusion will be at the heart of this organisation, both in how we fund and how we behave as an employer. These will be priority areas as we move forward - I want to ensure we are the best we can be.

SOURCE: National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) press release.

 

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Connecticut Lottery Corporation’s Playsugarhouse Online Sportsbook Launches Statewide

Official Sportsbook of the Connecticut Lottery Available Tomorrow for Any and All Customers at www.PlaySugarHouse.com

ROCKY HILL, CT (October 18, 2021) – The Connecticut Lottery Corporation, in partnership with its online operator Rush Street Interactive, Inc. (NYSE: RSI) (“RSI”), a leading online sports betting and casino company in the United States, will launch the PlaySugarHouse online sportsbook in Connecticut on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 6 a.m. Following a successful soft launch period, the official sportsbook of the Connecticut Lottery is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on all mobile devices, tablets, desktop and laptop computers for unlimited players aged 21 and older.

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The PlaySugarHouse online sportsbook features thousands of betting options on professional and collegiate leagues, games, and players, including spreads, moneylines, props, futures, same game parlays, and more. The website and app also offer customers a broad selection of live streaming content, unique bonusing and rewards programs, numerous deposit methods, automated cash-out approvals, and user-friendly responsible gaming tools, including deposit, spend and time limits. RSI’s mobile sportsbook app was rated #3 out of 35 apps in the United States market last week by independent gaming research firm Eilers & Krejcik.

“The CT PlaySugarhouse platform performed flawlessly during soft launch thanks to our partners at Rush Street Interactive. We are excited to open our online sportsbook to players statewide and are confident that they will enjoy the customer-friendly features of PlaySugarHouse.com,” said Rob Simmelkjaer, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation. “Our retail sportsbook launch should be right around the corner, also bringing a convenient experience for in-person players throughout the state.” 

“We are very pleased to formally launch our award-winning online sportsbook across Connecticut following a smooth and successful trial period that demonstrated the safety and reliability of our platform,” said Richard Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of RSI. “We are especially excited to come to market as the NBA and NHL seasons commence and with the MLB playoffs and NFL and collegiate football seasons all underway. It is a great time for sports fans and we look forward to offering PlaySugarHouse and Connecticut Lottery players the best betting experience in the state.”

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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 eleven U.S. states: Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, 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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DWG Granted Licenses in Michigan and Pennsylvania

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (October 20, 2021) - Design Works Gaming’s (DWG) stateside expansion continues to pick up pace, after the content studio was granted licenses to provide its games to real money online operators in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

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The licenses, which were granted in consecutive days by the Michigan Gaming Control Board and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, allow DWG to supply its content to regulated online operators in the states.

DWG already holds a similar license from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, meaning its games are now licensed in the three largest states to offer regulated online casino games.

DWG CEO Troy Zurawski said: “We’re serious about transforming online casino content in the US, and that means taking our games into all regulated jurisdictions across the country. Michigan and Pennsylvania are new and exciting markets that are crying out for original, world-class content. Our proprietary RGS integrated with SG Digital affords us break-neck speed to market. We can't wait to deliver our best-in-class content to the players of these great states!”

Last month, DWG announced its entry in regulated markets in North America via an agreement with SG Digital. The partnership is set to kick off with a first-of-its-kind dual pilot launch in New Jersey with leading operators Golden Nugget and Resorts Casino.

To view DWG’s diverse portfolio of casino games, please visit: https://designworksgaming.com/products/games/

SOURCE: Design Works Gaming’s (DWG).

 

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NeoGames Announces the Launch of its Premium Online Games with Lottomatica

The successful launch of NeoGames’ suite of eInstant games with Lottomatica further expands the Company’s footprint in the Italian lottery market

LUXEMBOURG, Oct. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NeoGames S.A., (Nasdaq: NGMS) (“NeoGames” or the “Company”) a leading global iLottery provider, announces the go-live of a multi-year agreement with Lottomatica to supply its popular and award-winning content on Lottomatica’s gaming platforms.

The agreement brings Neogames’ successful portfolio of Italian market-facing games to Lottomatica, with popular titles such as Queen of Diamonds, VIP Platinum, Northern Wilds, and Blackjack Doubler. The suite of high-performing games is expected to enhance the overall gaming experience offered by Lottomatica to its players and drive growth to its soft gaming strategy.

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“As a leader in the Italian gaming sector, Lottomatica is excited to partner with NeoGames. We welcome the addition of NeoGames’ quality portfolio of diverse and innovative games and the opportunity to offer even more diverse and exciting entertainment options to our online players,” said Alessandro Allara, Managing Director Digital, Lottomatica.

“We are delighted to provide Lottomatica with full access to our premium games portfolio. Lottomatica is an important partner in our growing customer base in Europe, becoming the seventh European lottery to utilize content provided by NeoGames. We hope that the addition of our extensive suite of market-proven games in Italy will offer Lottomatica players an enhanced gaming experience and help to reach new audiences,” said Moti Malul, CEO, 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.

About Lottomatica

Lottomatica S.p.A. is the first group in the gaming market authorized by the Customs and Monopoly Agency in Italy and one of the major players in Europe. It is active in three product areas: sports betting, online games, amusement and entertainment machines (AWP and VLT). Lottomatica can count on the expertise of over 16,000 people, including direct employees and employees of the specialized franchising network.

With approximately € 1.6 billion of revenues and € 22 billion of wagers managed in 2019 on an aggregated basis, Lottomatica is the market leader in all segments of operations and offers safe and engaging gaming experiences across all sales channels. Lottomatica boasts a customer base of approximately 800,000 online customers, a franchising network of approximately 3,000 points of sales in sports betting, 1,400 gaming halls, 13,600 tobacconists/bars and a proprietary network of approximately 120 gaming venues.

SOURCE: NeoGames press release.

 

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Veikkaus Reduces Workforce - Co-operation Negotiations Completed - the Goal is to Ensure Viable Veikkaus in the Future

HELSINKI, Finland (October 15, 2021) -- Veikkaus' co-operation negotiations, which began at the beginning of August, have been completed. They were driven by changes in the company's operating environment and declining business volume, especially in physical sales channels.

Sustainability measures have reduced the volume of play of Veikkaus' physical sales channels by about 40 percent, and Veikkaus must adjust its operations accordingly.

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“Our goal is to renew and build a forward-looking, strongly vibrant Veikkaus: a responsible, modern and efficient company with the support of Finns,” says Jari Heino , Director of Channels and Sales .

About 830 people were involved in the negotiations.

“In addition to the actual negotiations, the guidelines for the future and the areas to be developed have been discussed with the staff in several presentations, discussions and staff information. Staff feedback and development suggestions were abundant and have been utilized in the design work where possible. Unfortunately, the adjustment of operations also means that the work of about 125–190 Veikkaus employees ends in Veikkaus, Heino says.

The exact number of terminating employment relationships is also affected by, among other things, decisions on accepting new job positions and titles offered to employees, as well as possible internal transfers within the company.

In addition, the terms and conditions of employment of about 50 employees and about 60-110 employees will change significantly. The new organization will take effect in January 2022 at the latest.

It is estimated that cost savings of approximately EUR 15 million will be generated by 2024 through streamlining operations and adjusting the number of employees. A significant part of the savings also consists of the fact that Veikkaus will close about 15 of its own gaming halls, the profitability of which will be reduced too low through responsibility measures.

Information on the gaming halls to be closed will be published on Veikkaus' website when more detailed closing times are known.

“The reforms are designed so that change support is available to those leaving the company. In principle, most of the Veikkaus employees who were involved in the negotiations are offered new positions within the company. For example, Casino Tampere, which opens in December, still needs several dozen gambling and customer service professionals. The responsible casino of the new era will provide a good framework and a job for many. Now it is important to look ahead and ensure Veikkaus' vitality today and tomorrow,” Heino says.

SOURCE: Veikkaus.

 

 

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