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Vol. 97 No.5A - November 1, 2021

 

 

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Florida Lottery Grants Are Lighting the Way to A Brighter Future for Students and Families

 

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Florida Lottery Secretary John F. Davis (center) poses with representatives from each of the nine education foundations selected to receive the Lottery’s 2021-2022 Lighting the Way to a Brighter Future grant.

 

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (October 25, 2021) – Through a partnership with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, the Florida Lottery (Lottery) is lighting the way for thousands of students to earn a Bright Futures Scholarship through the Lighting the Way to a Bright Future Project. This year’s $45,000 Lottery grant will fund standout projects that support students and families in taking the next steps to a successful higher education in Alachua, Bay, Broward, Clay, Collier, Hernando, Holmes, Okeechobee, and Seminole Counties.

“The Florida Lottery is proud to partner with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, as they share the Lottery’s commitment to enhancing education at every level,” said Florida Lottery Secretary John F. Davis.

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“We are dedicated to making sure every student in Florida knows a brighter future is attainable and the programs selected to receive the Lottery’s 2021-2022 Lighting the Way to a Brighter Future grant will provide tangible opportunities for students to develop and apply their skills as they prepare for college.”

While all Florida students have access to a Bright Futures Scholarship, the Lottery recognizes that additional support may be needed to meet the criteria and prepare for higher education success, especially for students of low socio-economic backgrounds and aspiring first-generation college students.

Each of the nine education foundations will receive $5,000 for their selected projects; they are focused on SAT/ACT test prep, FAFSA completion assistance, and financial literacy and scholarship workshops.

For more information and to view the full breakdown of this year’s projects and summaries, visit https://educationfoundationsfl.org/page/floridalottery1.

The Bright Futures Scholarship Program is primarily funded by the Lottery and was created by the Florida Legislature in 1997 to assist students in pursuing post-secondary educational and career goals. Since the program’s inception, the Lottery has generated more than $6.8 billion to help more than 880,000 students achieve their dreams of a higher education.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $40 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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All The Sevens Rake in The Dough for Illinois Lottery Players

Every Single Pick 4 Winner Scoops A Top Prize

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CHICAGO, Illinois (October 21, 2021) – It was an unbelievably lucky night for Pick 4 players across the state of Illinois, with every single winner taking home a top prize!

All the sevens came up last night on the evening draw 7 - 7 - 7 - 7 and 2,800 lucky players scooped a top prize of $2,500 each.

In many cultures around the world, seven is considered a lucky number - and there will be no argument from those 2,800 lottery players who hit the big time last night.

Or maybe it was a special date? Do you know anyone who was born on July 7, 1977? Ask them if they played Pick 4 yesterday - if they did, they’ll be thinking about how to spend their sweet $2,500 windfall.

But why is seven considered a lucky number? It just seems to pop up everywhere - there are seven days in the week, and seven colours in a rainbow. There are seven continents, and seven wonders of the world and - you guessed it - seven deadly sins.

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Or maybe some of the winners are math nerds and they love that seven is a prime number that can one be divided by one and itself? And maybe those players will take the same approach with their winnings and only divide them (or share) with themselves!

And how much did those players win in total? Would you believe $7 million.

Whatever their reason for choosing sevens, the Illinois Lottery encourages every single one of those 2,800 winners to write their name on the back of the ticket and make an appointment at a claim center to redeem their prize. More information on claiming a lottery prize can be found by visiting the Illinois Lottery website on the Illinois Lottery When You Win page.

This is the second time in six months that all the sevens have been drawn for Pick 4. On May 13, the numbers 7-7-7-7 were struck in the midday Pick 4 draw, bringing in over $7 million in total prizes to Pick 4 players. So far this year, Pick 4 players have cashed in on over $175 million in prizes.

Pick 4 is an Illinois-only game with two draws daily. Players can select four numbers and a style of play, and then choose the amount they would like to wager on the draw. Pick 4 drawings are conducted daily at 12:40 PM and 9:22 PM CST. For more information, visit illinoislottery.com.

In total, including players that won with add-on Plus Fireball, 4,334 players collected $7.4 million following the Pick 4 draw last night.

About the Illinois Lottery:

The Illinois Lottery has contributed over $22 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS and Alzheimer’s research, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. For more information visit illinoislottery.com.

SOURCE: The Illinois Lottery:

 

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The Connecticut Lottery Corporation and Rush Street Interactive Launch the Playsugarhouse Retail Sportsbook

Sports Haven in New Haven Launches Today, Bobby V’s in Stamford and Windsor Locks to also Launch in Coming Days

Online Sportsbook Available State-wide Now at www.PlaySugarHouse.com

ROCKY HILL, CT and CHICAGO (October 25, 2021) – The Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Rush Street Interactive (NYSE: RSI) (“RSI”) and Sportech today announced the launch of in-person sports betting at the first of 15 PlaySugarHouse retail sportsbooks in Connecticut. Beginning today, players will be able to place bets at Sports Haven in New Haven, CT. In the coming days, the retail sportsbooks at Bobby V's Restaurant & Sports Bar locations in Stamford, CT, and Windsor Locks, CT, will open and begin accepting bets.

“This has been a long time coming for Connecticut players, and we’re honored to be the only state-wide retail operator,” said Greg Smith, President and CEO, Connecticut Lottery Corporation. “Together with our partners Rush Street Interactive and Sportech Venues, we can offer bettors world-class, in-person sportsbooks at accessible locations throughout the state and mobile sports betting under the PlaySugarHouse brand.”

“We also want to acknowledge that this day would not have been possible without the tireless and collaborative work on the part of Governor Lamont, his staff, and our Legislative leaders,” said Connecticut Lottery Corporation Board Chair Rob Simmelkjaer. “Their efforts led to a deal that benefits all of Connecticut.”

The new PlaySugarHouse sportsbooks in New Haven, Stamford and Windsor Locks offer a full suite of entertainment options, including wall-to-wall TV monitors, odds boards, food and beverage menus, and now the opportunity for fans to wager on their favorite sports, leagues and players. Eligible bettors 21 and over will be able to place a wide array of bets on various professional and collegiate sports, including parlays, prop bets and in-game bets, through self-service kiosks as well as staffed teller stations.

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“We are thrilled to roll out the PlaySugarHouse retail sportsbooks in the state of Connecticut alongside the Connecticut Lottery and Sportech,” said Richard Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of RSI. “By combining the Connecticut Lottery’s brand recognition and retail presence throughout Connecticut, Sportech’s easy-to-access venues, and RSI’s market proven products and services, we look forward to delivering convenient and exciting sports betting options to PlaySugarHouse players across the state.”

In addition to betting in-person, Connecticut players can now bet online using RSI’s award-winning platform from their mobile devices, tablets, desktop and laptop computers. The CT.PlaySugarHouse.com online sportsbook includes thousands of betting options, 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.

The PlaySugarHouse retail sportsbooks will expand to seven additional Sportech locations in Hartford, Manchester, Waterbury, Torrington, New Britain, Milford, and Norwalk throughout the coming weeks. The Connecticut Lottery and RSI are authorized to operate up to 15 PlaySugarHouse retail sports wagering locations, most of which will be within an approximately 30-minute drive for most Connecticut residents.

“Today marks a historic day for sports betting fans in Connecticut as the PlaySugarHouse sportsbook launches in New Haven,” said Ted Taylor, President of Sportech Venues, Inc. “Our Sportech team is delighted to be Connecticut Lottery’s and RSI’s partner for delivering this exciting product here and in all our other locations soon.”

To celebrate the launch of the official sportsbook of the Connecticut Lottery, representatives from the Connecticut Lottery, RSI and Sportech as well as several state and local officials, including Governor Ned Lamont and Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, will gather today for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Sports Haven at 2:00pm ET.

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 or older 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.

About Sportech

Sportech is an international betting business, with US headquarters based in New Haven. It’s core business delivers solutions and services for gaming companies and lottery clients in highly regulated markets.  Sportech also owns and operates gaming venues and digital betting platforms across the State of Connecticut under exclusive licenses. In 2020 it delivered gaming services to over 400 international clients, and in a typical year its global systems processed approximately $12.3 Billion in betting handle. For more information, visit www.sportechplc.com.

 

CONTACTS:

 

For CLC

Tara Chozet

(860) 502-9543

tara.chozet@ctlottery.org

For RSI

Media:

Lisa Johnson

(609) 788-8548

lisa@lisajohnsoncommunications.com

 

SOURCE: The Connecticut Lottery Corporation.

 

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Everi Signs Five-Year Agreement with Delaware Lottery

Agreement Introduces Everi’s Distinct Gaming Library to Delaware Players through Launch of Nearly 500 Recurring Revenue Games

LAS VEGAS and Dover, DE – (October 26, 2021) – Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) (“Everi” or “the Company”), a premier provider of land-based and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology, and player loyalty solutions today announced a five-year agreement with the Delaware Lottery to launch the Company’s high-performing gaming content.

Everi will bring an extensive library of its proven, player-popular games to Delaware for the first time with an anticipated late 2021 launch at three properties. The company plans to install nearly 500 units across Casino at Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, and Harrington Raceway & Casino by early 2022.

Everi will deploy almost every cabinet in its portfolio – the Empire MPX™, Empire Flex™, Empire DCX™, Empire Arena™, Flex Fusion™, Player Classic®, Player Classic Skyline™, and Skyline Revolve™ platforms.

“This is an important opportunity to work with the Delaware Lottery to grow our installed base and generate excitement with our high-performing products in a new market,” said Dean Ehrlich, Everi Executive Vice President and Games Business Leader.

“We are excited to bring patrons of Delaware casinos the elevated experience Everi is known for, with our engaging gaming content and cabinets.”

Everi will deploy 68 total themes in the state. Each of the three properties will receive the award-winning The Vault® game theme with its attractive 360-degree LED sign as a showcase bank for the Company’s Empire Arena platform.

Other successful titles that will launch in Delaware include: Cashnado™ on Flex Fusion, as well as the industry-leading Double Black Diamond™, Crystal Star®, and the award-winning Cash Machine® on Player Classic.

SOURCE: Everi.

 

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TAB NZ Provides the Second Monthly Trading Update for the 2021/2022 Financial Year

NEW ZEALAND (October 26, 2021) -- TAB New Zealand (TAB NZ) provides the second monthly trading update for the 2021/2022 financial year, with the results and highlights for September 2021.

The TAB continued to be able to operate successfully through its online and some retail channels during the heightened Alert Levels through September, although as discussed below, there were some revenue-related impacts due to the TAB’s retail and gaming networks in Auckland remaining closed, and physical distancing requirements in other parts of New Zealand. These challenges have continued through to October, as Alert Level 3 restrictions have continued in Auckland and were re-introduced in parts of the Waikato.

Notwithstanding these challenges, the TAB and industry is maintaining a much more robust position financially than during last year’s nationwide lockdown. However, as the Government response to Covid-19 continues to adapt and evolve, TAB NZ will continue to act with caution when assessing future potential trading conditions and how this will flow on to profit distribution.

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Despite the impact of ongoing lockdowns in parts of New Zealand on trading in September, the TAB NZ Board has continued to hold distributions at budgeted levels pending further clarification of Alert Level implications over the coming weeks. Although betting performance has been relatively strong through the first half of October, continued closure of Auckland retail and gaming in particular present material challenges for the business and will require continued monitoring and further assessment at the appropriate time.

Wagering Performance Summary

In September, the key performance results for TAB were mixed due to the heightened Alert Levels. While turnover was down, gross betting revenue was slightly up on Budget, supported by a slight percentage increase in Gross Betting Margin (against Budget and September last year). Turnover of $191.9m was $9.4m below Budget and $18.8m below last year. Total Gross Betting Revenue was $33.7m, $1.5m above Budget and at a margin of 17.6% percent.

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Average NZ thoroughbred starters per race was 9.8, below the FY21 average of 11.3, while the peak turnover for a domestic meeting was $3.24m on 18 September for the Tarzino Trophy Daffodil Raceday. Harness average starters per race was 9.9, below the FY21 average of 10.8, while the peak meeting turnover of $1.0m was on 10 September at Addington. For greyhound racing, the average starters per race was 7.6, matching the FY21 average, while the peak turnover for a domestic meeting was $387k on 30 September at Addington. The total margin for all New Zealand racing was 19.4 percent, above the FY21 New Zealand racing margin of 18.2 percent. Overseas racing margin was 19.8 percent, slightly above the FY21 average of 19.2 percent.

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The top sporting events by turnover this month were the four All Blacks test matches ($3.0m across all four games) and the two NRL preliminary finals ($1.3m across both games). The margin on options selected by customers across sports continued to vary with the in-play sports delivering a gross betting margin of 8.2 percent. Football and tennis were the main drivers of in-play performance, accounting for 39 percent of in-play turnover at 8.9 and 8.8 percent margin respectively. The pre-match singles margin was 14.7 percent, driven by rugby league (19 percent of pre-match turnover) at a margin of just under 24 percent and rugby union (20 percent of sports turnover) at 20 percent. Sports Multi margin was at 28.1 percent.

 

September Operational Performance

  • Reported Profit for the month was $13.8m, which was $1.6m above Budget.
  • Operating Expenses were $9.1m for the month, which was $0.8m below Budget.
  • Year To Date (1 Aug 2021 to 30 Sep 2021) Reported Profit was $22.5m which was $1.4m below Budget and $5.1m below last year.
  • Year To Date ((1 Aug 2021 to 30 Sep 2021) Operating Expenses were $18.2M, which was $1.4m below Budget and $0.1m below last year.

 

September Distributions

Racing Codes were paid $12.6m in distributions and other payments for September, versus $12.6m budgeted. This consisted of TAB NZ Betting Profit (listed as Fixed Distribution in the table below), Offshore Bookmaker Commission Fees, which are based on actual turnover, and Betting Duty/Levy repeal.

SOURCE: TAB New Zealand (TAB NZ).

 

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Arkansas Lottery Players Continue Winning

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (October 21, 2021) – It’s only Thursday, and already four Arkansas lottery players have claimed big prizes and changed their lives in an instant.

“About 70,000 Arkansas lottery players win on scratch-off tickets every day,” said Eric Hagler, executive director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL).

Doris Lowery of Jacksonville claimed a Play It Again® prize of $250,000 yesterday at the ASL Claim Center in downtown Little Rock. Every instant game qualifies for entry into the Play It Again drawing where the prize winner is selected randomly from all eligible entries.

Lowery’s name was selected on Sept. 2, but only came forward this week to claim her prize.  She plans to buy a car and pay bills with her winnings.

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Kimberyln Johnson of Bryant won $200,000 on a $10 Black & Gold scratch-off ticket. She purchased the ticket at the Road Runner located at 23190 I-30 in Bryant. She plans to buy her son a car.

Timothy Drye Sr. of Carlisle claimed a $100,000 prize he won playing a $5 Show Me instant ticket. He said he plans to pay off some bills and go eat a steak. Drye bought the ticket at the Walmart Market, 8801 Highway 107 in Sherwood.

Matthew Stout of Lonoke had a good pay day yesterday from his $20 $50,000 Payday scratch-off ticket he purchased at the Lone Oak Deli and Grocery Story, 1021 N. Center St. in Lonoke. He plans to help his family with his winnings.

“Of course, not all winners get to claim huge prizes, but they are still winning,” Hagler said. “In fact, Arkansas players win more than $1 million on scratch-off daily.”

For more information on instant games and to learn how to play, visit MyArkansasLottery.com.

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

More than 92 cents of every dollar of ASL revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions and other expenses in Arkansas. Since 2009, the lottery has raised more than $1 billion in proceeds for scholarships. More than 650,000 college scholarships have been awarded to Arkansans. The lottery has awarded more than $3.7 billion in prizes to players, about $326 million in retailer commissions and provided more than $148 million in state and federal tax revenue.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit MyArkansasLottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions – and to join The Club for free. To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

SOURCE: The Arkansas Scholarship Lotter.

 

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The ALEA Agenda and Its Members

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (October 22, 2021) -- At the ALEA Meeting Center, the Association's Board of Directors advanced with each of the topics on the agenda. In the afternoon, representatives of the adherent member companies met with the Executive Director and discussed various aspects of current affairs in the sector.

With the participation of 18 jurisdictions, in person and remotely, the ALEA Board of Directors met on October 20, in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.

The President of ALEA and the Provincial Institute of Lottery and Casinos of Buenos Aires, Omar Galdurrade, welcomed the participants and thanked the members of the Board. “Little by little, we are having the possibility of holding face-to-face meetings and our goal is to meet again. We know that for personal and work reasons it can sometimes be complicated. Our hope and expectation is to have all of you in the next Assembly, in which we will carry out the election of authorities.” It should be remembered that said Ordinary Assembly was postponed due to the pandemic and was rescheduled for April 2022, with a date to be confirmed.

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Next, Executive Director Mario Trucco commented on the appointment of new authorities in two jurisdictions. He mentioned in the first place in La Pampa, the assumption of Rubén Mendoza as President of ISS-DAFAS. And, with the creation of the Provincial Institute of Games of Jujuy (InProJuy), after the dissolution of the Development Bank, the appointment of Lic.

Walter Morales as President and José García Naser, for the position of Vice President was mentioned. It should be noted that García Naser is one of the first graduates of the University Technician in Management and Administration of Gambling ALEA-UPAP.

The work agenda for the last months of 2021 was also addressed, referring to the Technician in Gaming Management, the Executive Director pointed out in the first place, the delivery of diplomas of the first graduates. He indicated that it is expected to carry out the grade collation of the students of the first cohort (2017) in Paraná, on November 16; in Neuquén, on the 25th; and in Salta, on December 2. The President of ALEA invited the members to accompany this act, which represents an achievement for ALEA and for the academic and professional training of those who work in gaming regulators.

Likewise, the launch of pre-registrations for the first year of the Technical Degree in Gaming Management for the period 2022 was confirmed.

Quality, online gambling and illegal prevention

On the other hand, the update of the Normative Reference N ° 19 ALEA - IRAM was approved, which will allow the incorporation of technical aspects and requirements, especially Responsible Gaming and linked to the management of online gambling.

Also, work continues to modify Law 20,630.

Regarding online gaming, progress was reviewed with the Roadmap for Online Gaming and the recent intensive webinar.

Regarding the agreement with Facebook that will allow reporting of illegal online gambling detected both on said social network and on Instagram, progress was discussed and a forthcoming meeting with designated representatives from all jurisdictions was announced.

Regarding the Code of Good Practices for Online Gaming Advertising in Argentina, it was reported that it continues to gain accessions from member organizations and companies.

At the international level, the recent activities of WLA and CIBELAE were shared.

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The ALEA Executive Director shared the first results of the recent Game Map. He also reported on the planning of an update session on the Strategic Plan and the formation of a team dedicated to its development.

Internally, the Executive Director Mario Trucco commented on the restructuring of statutory positions and functions, after the retirement for the retirement benefit of María Rosa Frencia. In this regard, he reported that María Fernanda Belmonte assumed the Administrative Secretariat of the Association. Previously, Fernanda had been in charge of the Internal and Financial Division of ALEA.

After the meeting of the Board of Directors, in the afternoon, the representatives of member companies adhering to ALEA participated in a meeting with the Executive Director of ALEA. With an open agenda, the meeting allowed to talk about the current situation of the sector and, also, to share joint work proposals for the future.

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

 

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International Game Technology PLC to Host Virtual Investor Day

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LONDON, Oct. 26, 2021 -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) will host a virtual Investor Day on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. IGT Chief Executive Officer Macro Sala, Chief Financial Officer Max Chiara, and other members of the senior management team will present an in-depth review of the Company's business strategy, long-term growth prospects, and capital allocation plans. The event will include Q&A sessions where participants can engage with IGT's leadership team.

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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Event Details:

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time

 

Webcast registration: A live webcast is available under "Events Calendar" on IGT's Investor Relations website at WWW.IGT.com. Registration for the event is required and can be completed in advance.

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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October ‘Colorado Lottery Conservation Month’ Drives Awareness with Month-Long Volunteer and Conservation Events

Pueblo, CO (October 2021) -- Gov. Jared Polis has proclaimed October 2021 ‘Colorado Lottery Conservation Month’ to celebrate the organization’s commitment to conservation and protection of Colorado’s great outdoors. To help drive awareness about the importance of conserving the open spaces of Colorado, the Lottery has partnered with organizations throughout the month to promote conservation volunteer events.

As of today, the Lottery has returned more than $3.7 billion to parks, recreation, conservation projects and schools and this fiscal year alone, the Lottery gave nearly $169.4 million to its partners.

To continue to drive awareness about the importance of conservation, on Oct. 2, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will host its 12th annual year of ReTree event from 8 a.m. - 1

p.m. in Steamboat. Over the past 12 years, they have planted over 23,000 trees in the Yampa Valley. This year, volunteers will be planting approximately 500 trees (donated by the Colorado Lottery) along the Yampa River near the City of Steamboat Springs’ Rotary Park. This project aims to increase shade along the river to reduce water temperatures, improve riparian habitat, and sequester carbon. Sign up here.

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Also in October, the Lottery is hosting its third annual "Runyon to the Res" Arkansas River Trail clean-up event Saturday, Oct. 9, with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the City of Pueblo Parks

 and Recreation, and the Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center in Pueblo. Volunteers will help clean up debris from the banks of this important and popular river from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Interested volunteers can visit the Lottery’s website and sign up here.

The final volunteer opportunity in October is Oct. 16, at Cherry Creek State Park. From 8

a.m. - 4 p.m. Volunteers will spend the day helping remove Russian Olive trees. Russian Olive is an extremely invasive species known to choke out native plants and prevent them from

re-establishing. Volunteers of Colorado (VOC) is looking for two types of volunteers: chainsaw-certified volunteers to cut the Russian Olive trees to a manageable size, and volunteers to move the cut pieces to an area where the park will later collect it. Only certified sawyers will be allowed to operate the chainsaws. If you are certified, please register and send your certificate to Kelly Clouse at kclouse@voc.org. Sign up here.

“Conservation goes beyond open space. Every acre of local parks improvement, trail upkeep, new recreation spaces and school infrastructure help keep our spaces supported and expanding to accommodate all of the new people who enjoy Colorado’s great outdoors every year,” said Colorado Lottery director Tom Seaver.

For the first time in decades, new legislation in FY21 changed the Lottery's funding distribution after the GOCO cap was met. The Colorado Legislature voted to approve the creation of the Outdoor Equity Fund. The fund, which is managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, received $750,000 for fiscal year 2021. In addition, the Wildlife Cash Fund received

$2.3 million and a Parks/Outdoor Recreation Cash Fund received $2.3 million for the first time. Building Excellent Schools Today received $7.6 million.

In addition to marking the financial contributions made to all of the Lottery beneficiaries last year and throughout its history, the governor's proclamation highlighted the Lottery’s commitment to becoming one of the most responsible Lottery organizations in the country.

This year the Lottery achieved Level 3 certification from the World Lottery Association and is in the process of submitting for Level 4, the highest level of responsible gaming.

About Colorado Lottery

Since 1983, the Colorado Lottery has returned more than $3.7 billion to outdoor projects through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife Association and to schools through 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: The Colorado Lottery.

 

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EGBA Welcomes Progress on Irish Gambling Regulations

BRUSSELS, Belgium (October 27, 2021) -- The Irish government’s proposals to establish a regulatory authority and a national self-exclusion register for gambling will help to improve the country’s regulation of online gambling and better protect its gamblers; but reports of a potential blanket ban on free bets are concerning.

On 21 October, Ireland’s Minister of State for Law Reform, Youth Justice and Immigration, James Browne TD, published the General Scheme of the Gambling Regulation Bill which aims to modernise and reform the regulation of gambling, including online gambling in Ireland.

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Among the proposals includes the establishment of an independent gambling authority to oversee the country’s gambling activity and various gambling regulations, including advertising. The proposals will now be submitted for drafting to the country’s Office of Parliamentary Counsel and will also be referred to the Oireachtas Justice Committee for pre-legislative scrutiny, with the accompanying legislative process expected to take at least 12 months to finalise.

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) welcomes the publication of the proposals and the progress made in establishing dedicated regulations for online gambling in the country. Specifically, EGBA welcomes the proposals to establish a regulatory authority for gambling and the creation of a national self-exclusion register to allow those experiencing gambling harm to omit and block themselves from accessing gambling websites.

EGBA is, however, concerned about recent media reports that the Irish Government may introduce a blanket ban on free bets. Such a measure could, for example, nudge gamblers who regularly use free bets, or bonuses, to seek these with the many gambling websites, including those in the black market, which operate outside of the scope of Irish gambling regulation.

“We welcome the Irish government’s publication of the General Scheme of the Gambling Regulation Bill. This is an important milestone, and it provides companies, including our own members, with some certainty as to the direction of travel of the legislation. The EGBA looks forward to engaging with Minister Browne and his team to share our experiences from other European jurisdictions. With Ireland one of the two remaining countries in Europe which has no dedicated regulation of online gambling, this is an important opportunity to shape an Irish online gambling market which is well-regulated, meets the consumers’ needs and expectations, and sets a high level of consumer protection.” – Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA.

SOUCE: European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA).

 

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IGT Demonstrates Leading Commitment to Player Protection with its Global Responsible Gaming Policy

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LONDON, Oct. 27, 2021-- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that it has released its global Responsible Gaming Policy. The policy was created to transparently inform and educate all relevant stakeholders about IGT's worldwide programs and solutions designed to promote fair play and comply with requirements and regulations on responsible gaming in all jurisdictions in which the Company operates.

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.

"Responsible Gaming is a cornerstone of all that we do at IGT, and an aspect of our business where we demonstrate leadership among gaming and lottery suppliers," said Wendy Montgomery, IGT SVP, Global Brand, Marketing and Communications. "In publishing IGT's Responsible Gaming Policy, we demonstrate important transparency about the tenets of our commitments and the exemplary standard to which we hold our employees, products and partners."

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IGT counts a strong governance model, innovation and collaboration with internal and external partners as success drivers for its responsible gaming initiatives. Topic-focused working groups created through this new policy have been developed to explore emerging trends and best practices related to responsible gaming. In today's unprecedented times, with an emphasis on the digital revolution and cashless innovation, IGT remains committed to responsible gaming by balancing growth with social responsibility.

IGT's approach to responsible gaming includes three primary goals and eight supporting commitments. IGT holds certification to the Responsible Gaming Standards for Associate Members from the World Lottery Association for Lottery operations and responsible gaming standards certification from the Global Gambling Guidance Group for gaming and digital operations.

For more information about IGT's responsible gaming efforts and to read the Responsible Gaming Policy in its entirety, visit igt.com.

About IGT

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

 

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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