GTECH Sign Two-Year Contract Extension with the Michigan
ROME (Italy) - PROVIDENCE (Rhode
Island) (March 6, 2014) -- GTECH Corporation has signed a two-year contract
extension to continue providing lottery technology and ongoing services to the
Michigan Bureau of State Lottery (Michigan Lottery),
customer since 1988. GTECH expects to receive approximately US$83 million
in revenues over the two-year extension period which runs through January 19,
2017. The Michigan Lottery is exercising two of the six years in
extensions available under the six-year contract it signed with GTECH which
commenced in 2009.
We are proud to have helped
the Michigan Lottery increase its total sales in the last five years,
said GTECH Americas President and CEO Jaymin B. Patel. Our close
collaboration with the Michigan Lottery and strong products and services
offerings have helped maximize its contributions to public education. We
look forward to supporting the Lotterys continued sales growth for years
Under the terms of the contract
extension, GTECH will continue providing the operation and maintenance of the
Michigan Lotterys central system, 11,000 Altura® terminals, and
communications network; field services support; retailer training; marketing
support; and call center support services. In addition, the Company will
continue to operate its in-state primary data center, with a back-up data
center in Austin, Texas. GTECH will also continue providing
instant-ticket services, including instant ticket warehousing and
As one of the most successful
lotteries in the United States, the Michigan Lottery currently ranks 10th in
the U.S. in terms of total sales with nearly $2.5 billion recorded in its most
recent fiscal year.
GTECH S.p.A. is a leading commercial
operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets,
delivering best-in-class products and services, with a commitment to the
highest levels of integrity, responsibility, and shareholder value creation.
The Company is listed on the FTSE MIB at the Milan Stock Exchange under the
trading symbol GTK and is majority owned by De Agostini S.p.A. In
2012, GTECH had approximately 3.1 billion in revenues and more than 8,600
employees in approximately 60 countries. For more information, please visit
For further information CONTACT:
Robert K. Vincent, GTECH S.p.A. / Corporate Communications /
T. (+1) 401 392 7452.
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
SMARTPLAY Digital Drawing Solution Revolutionizes The Raffle
EDGEWATER PARK, New Jersey (March 6,
2014) -- Mail bags and bins of second chance draw entries, bulky slips of
hand-written raffle entries, the behemoth mixing drum -- these can be a thing
of the past if Smartplay International, Inc. has anything to do with it. A
newly-created digital mixing drum solves those logistical problems and opens up
endless opportunities to attract new players and drive sales.
Lotteries, casinos and other gaming
outlets need efficient and certifiable raffle drawing results and the solution
had been to digitize the drawings. But computerized drawings lose the
excitement of a visual event and limit the type of entries that can be
Smartplays Origin® Digital Mixing Drum provides
what a computer algorithm cant. Players get the exciting spectacle of
publicly viewing a drawing, while operators gain the ability to mix anything
from non-sequential ticket numbers to second-chance tickets. Previously, old
fashioned mixing drums were the only option to getting both of these
Digital Mixing Drum can randomize anything that can be made into a
list, create animated and still images of the drawing, populate draw reports,
and create auditable log files. But unlike the old mixing drum, this system can
be independently certified.
The process for Origin® Raffle
Drawings begins when the operator enters the desired drawing parameters such as
the total number of entries to be selected, prize tiers and whether or not that
tier will be displayed in the animation. The final animated display can show a
ticket number or the entry name, as well as the prize.
Once a drawing is completed on the
Origin® it is exported by USB to the Origin® Media Portal for
distribution to social media outlets, official lottery web sites and any outlet
chosen by the user. From initial login through public release with the portal,
an entire drawing can take less than ten minutes.
We are excited by
this products potential uses outside the lottery world, said
Smartplay Executive Vice President Tom Markert. For example, casinos
can use it to promote player loyalty or use it for promotional or internal
games of chance. Marketing promotions can use our system to promote product
games like those used by fast-food chains, clothing lines or sports clubs, for
example. There are so many opportunities beyond the lottery industry; I
cant even list them all.
One African customer
uses the Origin® Digital Mixing Drum to mix and draw from up to fifty
million phone numbers. We created a mapping feature to conduct the raffle
drawings from entries on a database which were uploaded into the Origin from a
USB. This is a great practical tool for lotteries in emerging markets and for
any lottery to initiate a new generation of players.
Established in 1993, Smartplay is
dedicated to the creative design, development and manufacture of lottery
drawing equipment. The product line has evolved over the years in response to
clients needs by incorporating the latest technology. Smartplay has
maintained international leadership in the area of lottery drawing machines and
customized game show equipment. Smartplay is consistently chosen above other
manufacturers due to a reputation for quality and reliability. Smartplay is
proud to be the choice of the worlds most prestigious lotteries.
CONTACT: Mariana Mokritski,
Marketing, Phone: +1 609 880 1860, Email:
SOURCE: Smartplay International,
Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy Outlines Measures to
Strengthen Gambling Monopoly
FINLAND (February 25, 2014) -- On
Tuesday February 25, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy outlined measures
with which to strengthen the gambling monopoly in Finland. Licensed Finnish
gambling operators are ensured an opportunity to develop their activities in a
responsible manner to be able to renew the supply of their games and remain
attractive in the rapidly changing and digitalising operating environment.
The Cabinet Committee decided to
support the gambling operators' proposal to set up a digital monitoring group.
The monitoring group is to analyse ways of preventing operations that violate
the Lotteries Act.
To achieve this, the Cabinet
Committee decided to examine if it were possible to tackle illegal marketing
through the criteria set for radio and television licences that are granted by
At this stage, the blocking of
financial transfers will not be proposed as a primary instrument and
alternative means will be assessed in cooperation with the gambling operators
and relevant authorities. Citizens' awareness of safe and legal gambling will
also be enhanced. Proposals for the prevention of gambling activities that
violate the Lotteries Act will be prepared by the end of 2014.
The policies adopted by the Cabinet
Committee on Economic Policy are based on the European Commission's decision
according to which the Commission will not take action as regards the legality
of Finland's gambling monopoly.
In November 2013, the Commission
closed its infringement proceedings against Finland concerning the cross border
provision and marketing of sports betting services.
As a result of the proceedings, the
Finnish Lotteries Act was amended twice during the previous parliamentary term
and, for example, a section governing the legal marketing of gambling was added
to the law. At the same time, a statutory gambling monopoly was established.
In its press release, the Commission
concluded that the revised law constitutes a consistent and systematic pursuit
of the objective sought by the establishment of a gambling monopoly in a Member
According to the Commission, the
revised law also corresponds to the requirements set by the Court for a
After having issued the press
release, the Commission has, in a number of international forums, referred to
Finland as a prime example of a country with a gambling monopoly.
In Finland, gambling activities are
provided by the three operators licensed under the Lotteries Act: Fintoto Oy,
RAY (Finlands Slot Machine
Association) and Veikkaus
The position discussed at the
Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy was based on a broad-based preparation
undertaken by the ministries responsible for gambling activities in Finland.
Consideration was also taken of the
work conducted by a parliamentary working group and views expressed by the
INQUIRIES: Päivi Nerg,
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior, Chair of the advisory
board on gambling activities, tel. +358 295 418 803.
SOURCE: Government Communications
Georgia Lottery Debuts New Game 'All or
ATLANTA, Georgia (February 28, 2014)
-- A new Georgia Lottery
daily game debuting in March is creating excitement for players statewide with
large cash payouts from matching all or none of the winning numbers. All or
Nothing is a $2 game that offers prizes of up to $250,000 with four daily
Players can win the top prize by
matching all or none of the 12 numbers drawn.
Tickets for All or Nothing will go
on sale statewide March 2.
All or Nothing is unlike
any other draw game offered by the Georgia Lottery,
President and CEO Debbie D. Alford said. To match or not to match?
That is the question. Players are sure to enjoy this new twist.
Drawings will be held four times a
day, seven days a week at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Players will have 10 ways to win
prizes from $2 up to $500 and two ways of winning the top prize.
Overall odds of winning All or
Nothing is 1 in 4.5.
As with all other Georgia Lottery
games, proceeds from All or Nothing will benefit education in the state of
Georgia Lottery Corp
Since its first year, the Georgia
Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15 billion to the state of Georgia for
education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational
programs, including Georgias HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgias
Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than
1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten
For more information on the Georgia
Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com and
SOURCE: Georgia Lottery Corp.
Hoosier Lottery Recognized by World Lottery Association, Awarded
for Excellence in Responsible Gaming
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (February 27,
2014) -- The Hoosier
Lottery has been recognized for excellence in responsible gaming by the
World Lottery Association
(WLA). This is the first time in WLA history that a lottery has applied for
one level of certification and achieved a higher level of certification.
The Hoosier Lottery is one of only
four U.S. lotteries to have reached WLA's responsible gaming framework level 3
The certification is awarded by the
WLA's Independent Assessment Panel of international experts in corporate social
responsibility, and is based on a state lottery's contributions to problem
gambling research, treatment referral, employee training, retailer training,
game design, marketing and advertising communications, stakeholder engagement
In its application to the WLA, the
Hoosier Lottery made 39 commitments to social responsibility, including its
"play responsibly" logo with the gambling addiction referral line on
tickets and advertisements and its creation of the Responsible Gaming Advisory
Council to engage the treatment community in the lottery's responsible gaming
Other commitments, such as problem
gambling research, employee training, retailer training and game design, are
expected to be implemented over the course of the next 18 months.
"The Hoosier Lottery maintains a
high standard of leadership to ensure their efforts are in tandem with current
responsible-gaming research, treatment and protocols," Kevin Moore,
director of Division of Mental Health and Addiction Indiana, said in a letter
to the WLA.
"This [certification] not only
impacts the constituents we serve, but helps to improve the expectations by
which all gaming institutions in Indiana are being held."
The Indiana Council on Problem
Gaming lauded the Hoosier Lottery to the WLA certification body, citing the
lottery's creation of a dedicated responsible-gaming staff position, and
convening a problem-gambling stakeholder summit meeting to discuss the current
problem-gambling programs in Indiana, and to identify needs and initiatives
that can improve Indiana's overall efforts.
The Hoosier Lottery will be seeking
level 4 certification in the future, and hopes to be among the first lotteries
in the United States to achieve the highest level of certification awarded by
There are currently no lotteries in
the United States that have achieved level 4 certification, which requires an
independent, third party audit of responsible gaming programs.
"The Hoosier Lottery is dedicated
to upholding the ethics and standards of the WLA's principles of responsible
gaming," said Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor.
"These principles are necessary
to ensure the protection of Hoosier Lottery players, and emphasizes our
commitment to our fellow organizations that are equally dedicated to addressing
the effect of gaming on Hoosiers across the state."
The World Lottery Association (WLA)
is one of the world's most respected industry authorities on responsible
gaming. Its responsible gaming framework has been in place since 2006.
ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY:
Hoosier Lottery distributions
benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery
contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions, and $30
million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund.
In fiscal year 2012, $147.6 million
in Hoosier Lottery earnings helped reduce motor vehicle excise taxes by 50
ABOUT THE WORLD LOTTERY
There are 140 lotteries from 90
countries on five continents that are represented by the WLA. Membership is
exclusive and requires adherence to a responsible gaming code of conduct.
To learn more about the Hoosier
Lottery, visit: www.hoosierlottery.com and follow on Facebook and
For more information, please
CONTACT: Stephanie McFarland, Email:
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
OPAP Announce the Appointment of GTECH as the Company's Online
ATHENS, Greece (March 5, 2014) --
OPAP S.A. announces the
appointment of GTECH as the
company's provider for the expansion of its activities in the online sports
The assignment comes as a result of
a closed Tender Procedure in which 5 international companies took part. The
closed tender was concluded by OPAP in order to select the company's strategic
partner for OPAP's expansion into online betting. The cooperation of GTECH and
OPAP will be initially focused on online sports betting.
GTECH is an internationally
acclaimed leader in the development of online betting platforms and was
selected for successfully meeting the requirements as prepared and defined by
This development marks a milestone
in the history of OPAP as the company enters the iGaming services market,
expecting it to become one of the key activities that will drive future growth
along with other land based games and growing cooperation with OPAP's
About OPAP S.A.
OPAP S.A. (Organization of Football
Prognostics S.A.) is a public company based in Athens, Greece that exclusively
operates and manages numerical lottery and sports betting games in Greece.
OPAP is not only one of the main
pillars of the Greek business scene, but also one of the leading gaming
OPAP was founded in 1958 in Greece
as a state-owned company and in 2001 the company's shares were listed on the
Athens Stock Exchange. OPAPs' acquisition in 2013 by Czech-Greek group Emma
Delta Hellenic Holdings Ltd, provided the momentum needed to ensure its future
growth and competitiveness on a global scale.
OPAPs' portfolio of successful and
popular game brands (KINO, PAME STOIXIMA, JOKER, LOTTO, PROTO, EXTRA 5, SUPER3)
did not only lead the company to an impressive growth, but also became a
funding source of its ever expanding social contribution; a contribution that
is annually translated into essential intervention projects with tangible
results towards Society as a whole, granting OPAP a leading position among
corporate social champions in Greece.
Manitoba Lotteries Find $4.8 Million in Savings Through
Operational Efficiencies Without Layoffs, Service Cuts
MANITOBA, Canada (March 3, 2014) --
An operations review by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries has identified about $4.8
million in savings to be achieved during the next two years while still
maintaining excellent customer service and employment opportunities for its
valued staff, Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection
Minister Ron Lemieux, minister responsible for Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries,
and Winston Hodgins, president and CEO of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries,
These new savings are on
top of the $6.1 million already achieved through our initiative to merge the
separate liquor and lotteries organizations into a single Crown
corporation, said Minister Lemieux.
These savings will allow us
to continue investing in job creation, infrastructure, health, education and
other important services that Manitobans rely on. Its also in line with
our broader efforts to reduce administrative spending across government
departments and invest those savings in better front-line
In total, 108 positions will be
managed through existing vacancies, attrition and retirements, said
We are working with unions
and employees in a proactive manner to ensure a smooth transition,
said Hodgins. We remain committed to being one of the provinces
top employers and we appreciate the continued dedication of all of our valued
staff in maintaining that standing.
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
iscommitted to a culture of operational best practices that strives to provide
ongoing cost savings, Hodgins said. Initiatives that assess expenditure
management and identify operational efficiencies have been successful in saving
millions of dollars annually, he added.
In April 2012, the Government of
Manitoba announced the merger of the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission (MLCC)
and Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, as well as the regulatory functions for
liquor and gaming activities.
The expected outcomes of the merger
were to increase efficiencies, modernize procedures and practices, reduce red
tape and achieve cost savings, while ensuring continued delivery of effective
To date, the corporation has
identified $6.1 million in accumulated savings that will be realized by March
Consulting firm MNP helped guide the
merger of the MLCC and Manitoba Lotteries, streamlining two organizations into
one Crown corporation over the last two years. A review by a third party will
be conducted shortly to verify the achieved merger savings.
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
operates Liquor Marts and Liquor Mart Express stores, Club Regent and
McPhillips Station casinos, Video Lotto and PlayNow.com, and also distributes
and sells Western Canada Lottery products through the network of lottery ticket
Revenues generated by Manitoba
Liquor & Lotteries are returned to the province to support priority
programming in health care, education, social and community services, economic
development and public safety initiatives.The Province of Manitoba is
distributing this release on behalf of the Government of Manitoba and Manitoba
Liquor & Lotteries.
SOURCE: Manitoba Lotteries.
Illinois Lottery Launch 20 Years-Of-Cash Instant
Scores of Players Offered
20-second Cash Grab In Lottery Booth
CHICAGO, Illinois (February 27,
2014) --The Windy City took on a whole new meaning today for scores of adults
who participated in the launch of the
newest instant games--20 Years of Cash. Crowds gathered at the James R.
Thompson Center in Chicago and at a Joliet Speedway station (1621 West
Jefferson) for a chance to go inside the Lotterys forced-air Cash Booth
and grabfor 20 secondsfloating $1 dollar bills and coupons good
for Lottery instant tickets and branded merchandise.
20 Years of Cash tickets are
available at four price points--$1, $2, $5 and $10--with top prizes,
respectively, of $1,000, $2,000, $5,000 and $10,000 a week for 20 years (prizes
In addition to the annuitized
prizes, 20 Years of Cash grand prize winners also receive an immediate payment
of $100,000, $200,000, $500,000 or $1,000,000, depending on which of the four
games was purchased.
Grand prize winners in each the four
games will receive the following total prize money (subject to federal and
$1 game: $1,140,000
$2 game: $2,280,000
$5 game: $5,700,000
$10 game: $11,400,000
The 20 Years of Cash games feature a
familiar match-number game-play that allows consumers to easily determine if
they win by matching any of their numbers to any of the winning numbers printed
on each ticket. The four games are available at more than 8,200 Lottery
The Illinois Lottery will be making
stops throughout the year in Rockford, Champaign, Rock Island and Carbondale to
give consumers a chance to try their luck in the Cash Booth. Be sure to check
Lottery social media pages for exact locations, dates and times.
For more information on 20 Years of
Cash, please visit www.illinoislottery.com.
About Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois
Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the states 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, the
fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with
In addition to playing in-store, the
Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and
Lotto at www.illinoislottery.com.
Players must be at least 18 years
SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.
Florida Lottery and Lieutenant Governor Team Up with Miami Heat
to Honor Elite Principals
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (February 28,
2014) -- The Florida
Lottery and Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera teamed up with
the Miami HEAT to honor the Florida TaxWatch Elite Principal Award recipients
at last nights New York Knicks vs. Miami HEAT basketball game in Miami.
Six school principals were
recognized for their accomplishments in overcoming adversity, improving student
achievement and helping high-risk students to beat the odds and exceed
The Florida Lottery takes
its commitment to education seriously, generating additional funds for
education and showing support for Floridas students, schools and
teachers, said Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.
It is an honor to join them
in recognizing these elite principals who are impacting the states most
valuable resource our students.
The TaxWatch Elite Principal Award
is given to the top-performing principals in Florida's highest-risk public
schools for their students' achievement gains in reading and mathematics.
This award is the first of its kind,
selecting principals based solely on empirical data reflecting student
achievement over several years.
The honorees were: Dr. Linda
Amica-Roberts, Coconut Palm K-8 Academy; Tangela Goa, Van E. Blanton Elementary
School; Yvonne Reins, Rodney B. Cox Elementary School; Anna Hernandez, M. A.
Milam K-8 Center; Dr. Verena Cabrera, Hialeah High School; and Guillermo Munoz,
Westland Hialeah Senior High School.
"What these principals are doing
for education in our state is remarkable and they deserve to be
celebrated, said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia OConnell.
There is not a challenge
too large or a dream too big for these educators, which is what inspires all of
us at the Florida Lottery to grow our contributions to education each and every
As the official sponsor of last
nights game, the Florida Lottery offered fans buy one, get one free
Scratch-Off coupons and announced a Lucky Row to receive a Miami HEAT Prize
Pack, which included $100 worth of 20X THE CASH Scratch-Off tickets, a Miami
HEAT commemorative book from the 2013 Championship season and HEAT merchandise.
The Elite Principal Award recipients
had the opportunity to meet Eric Woolworth, President of Business Operations
for The HEAT Group, and HEAT player, Shane Battier.
The Miami HEAT is honored
to join the Florida Lottery in highlighting the accomplishments of these elite
principals," said Woolworth.
"The work they do on a daily
basis brightens and protects the futures of our students, and it is nothing
short of heroic. We are privileged and honored to take part in celebrating
About The Florida Lottery
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $26 billion to education and sending more than
650,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly
98 percent of its revenue back into Floridas economy through prize
payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to
Since 1988, Florida Lottery games
have paid more than $40 billion in prizes and made more than 1,300 people
For more information, please visit:
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Marketing in the New Age: Captivate, Innovate,
April 28 May 1,
Seminar in cooperation with
the Asia Pacific Lottery Association
MANILA, Philippines (March 3, 2014)
Asia Pacific Lottery Association
(APLA) and the World Lottery
Association (WLA) are pleased to announce that registration for the
APLA/WLA Seminar 2014 is now open!
With the forward-looking theme of
"Marketing in the New Age: Captivate, Innovate, Engage", the seminar focuses on
marketing and sales in an environment of rapid changes from technologies and
expectations of social safeguards to minimize harm to lottery customers. The
strong line-up of established international speakers, APLA Sponsors and lottery
operators from APLA and WLA will culminate in a power-packed 2-day business
program to share latest trends and best practices from Asia and around the
Hosted by Philippine Charity
Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), the seminar will be held in Sofitel Philippine Plaza
Hotel in Manila, a city with a dense myriad of warm hospitality, urban
development, historic sentiment, colourful festivals and exotic cuisine, ranked
by Forbes.com as part of "the friendliest country in Asia".
Highlights of the seminar
Keynote Addresses not to be
"The Digital Revolution & its
Implications for Marketing" by Charles A. Lim, Chief Operations Officer of
DMPI, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company;
A Narrative Approach to Brand Building in Today's Marketplace" by
Viswa Sadasivan, CEO, Strategic Moves;
"Future in Focus: The Rise of
Online Gambling & the Threats, Challenges & Opportunities for Lotteries
& Regulators" by Kerry Jane Brown, Vice President, Southeast Asia,
"Building Competitive Advantage
& Capturing Value in the Service Economy" by Prof Jochen Wirtz,
Professor of Marketing and Academic Director, UCLA-NUS Executive MBA, National
University of Singapore;
"Jollibee's Recipe for Success
Lessons for Lotteries" by Jose A. Minana, Group President, Jollibee
"Innovative Lottery Solutions,
Customer Communication & Loyalty Programs around the World" by Reidar
Nordby Jr., Chairman, Nordby Associates;
"Using Certified Responsible
Gaming for Business Growth" by John Luff, Founder, Sustainable
"In Conversations" with
"Responsible Marketing Practices
for Lotteries" featuring John Luff, Founder, Sustainable Marketing, and
Henry Chan, Executive Director, Strategic Business Development, Hong Kong
"Instant Lottery Games
Engaging the Digital Generation";
"Issues & Strategies in
Challenges & Opportunities for the Asia Pacific Bloc".
Panel Sessions on the industry's
"Experience of Lotteries in
Corporate Social Responsibility";
"Effective Management of
Multi-Channel Distribution for Lotteries & Sports Betting";
"Social Media Marketing in
"Remote Channel Marketing
Opportunities & Social Safeguards".
We look forward to seeing you in
Manila, Philippines from 28 April to 1 May, 2014.
The seminar hotel, Sofitel
Philippine Plaza Hotel, Manila, is offering discounted room rates for APLA/WLA
Seminar 2014 participants. As April/May is a peak period for tourism, please
make your booking early. Details are in the Seminar brochure
Registration is now open. Download
the registration form to sign up now! CLICK HERE
Registration closes on: April 15, 2014.
For further information, please
CONTACT: Nadia Ricchiuto, WLA Event Coordinator, Phone: +41 61 284 15 02, Fax:
+41 61 284 13 50 , E-mail:
New Mexico Lottery Forecasts Higher Sales, Revenue for Fiscal
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (March 4,
2014) -- The New Mexico
Lottery board of directors today approved a revised budget that forecasts
higher sales and revenue for Fiscal Year 2014, which ends June 30.
Under the revised budget, ticket
sales are forecast at $135.3 million, up from an original projection of $131.4
million. The scholarship revenue forecast has been increased from $39.4
million to $40.6 million.
Chances are good that we
will enjoy one or two more jackpot runs in Powerball® and Mega
Millions® before our fiscal year ends, said Board Chair Dan
Salzwedel. Bigger jackpots stimulate sales, which always brings good
fortune to college students counting on Legislative Lottery
Salzwedel added that in the past
three months, New Mexico Lottery CEO David Barden has identified and begun to
carry out a number of ways the lottery can begin to quickly improve player
- Buying electronic jackpot signs for 400 stores that
currently do not have signs that update automatically;
- Creating a launch schedule so that Scratcher
players know that three to four new games will always be in stores on the first
Tuesday of every month;
- Creating dispenser templates to help stores stock
Scratcher games for higher visibility;
- Developing a three-year retailer recruitment
campaign with a goal of adding 100 new stores a year.
During the board meeting, CEO Barden
announced that daily Scratcher sales on March 3 were approximately $275,400,
their highest sales day in Fiscal Year 2014.
The sale of all New Mexico Lottery
games funds a college tuition-assistance program. Since its inception in
1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $596.5 million for education and more
than 90,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery
Scholarships. More than 43,300 students have already earned their college
degrees. More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is
available at www.nmlottery.com.
Follow the New Mexico Lottery
on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nmlottery) and (YouTube).
SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.
OLG is Offering POKER LOTTO Players the Chance to Up the Ante
with 'ALL IN'
POKER LOTTO players can amp up
the excitement with ALL IN
TORONTO, Ontario (March 4, 2014) --
Starting March 4, Ontario
Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is offering POKER LOTTO players the
chance to up the ante with ALL IN. With ALL IN, POKER LOTTO players can wager
an additional $1 per hand for a chance to win bigger prizes in-store, in
addition to the regular POKER LOTTO play. The ALL IN top prize is a jackpot
that starts at $10,000 and grows until it is won.
"ALL IN offers players an
exciting new way to win bigger prizes instantly with POKER LOTTO," said
Wendy Montgomery, OLG Vice President, Lottery Marketing & Sales.
Based on the odds of winning and the rate at which people play, the
ALL IN instant jackpot could potentially grow to more than $100,000 before it
POKER LOTTO was first launched in
2010 and is one of OLGs most popular lottery games. Offering both instant
in-store wins of up to $5,000 and nightly prize draws of up to
$100,000, POKER LOTTO uses playing card symbols rather than numbers. Since
inception, the game has awarded over 39,000,000 prizes! Customers can continue
to play the regular POKER LOTTO for $2.
Playing POKER LOTTO with ALL IN has
overall odds of winning any prize of 1 in 3.66. The odds of winning the ALL IN
jackpot are 1 in 649,740 while the odds of winning any ALL IN prize are 1 in
273.1. Full game details are available at lottery retailers and on the POKER
LOTTO page of olg.ca.
OLG is a provincial agency
responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975,
OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario.
OLGs annual payments to the Province have helped support health care;
education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur
sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial
Two More Gaming Standards Association Member Companies Earn GSA
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 5, 2014)
The GSA Certification
Program continues to expand rapidly, and now the Gaming Standards Association
(GSA) has announced two more GSA member companies have earned certifications in
the rigorous program.
First, Nidec Sankyos 3490-01D,
Sankyo MCM252-2R1191 Card Reader Firmware, has been certified as GSA compliant
with the GDS Card Reader Communication Protocol v1.2.
Phil Piercey, Sales Engineer for
Nidec Sankyo said, Nidec Sankyo is proud to be the first to deliver a
certified GDS card reader to the gaming industry. Our goal is to readily serve
G2S installations with a GDS certified peripheral that is recognized by
Next, Scientific Games
Internationals SGVideo Site Controller v2.0.7 has been certified as GSA
compliant with G2S Message Protocol 2.1.
Having this GSA
Certification is a significant achievement, because it signals to our customers
and the industry that our SGVideo System meets the highest standards for
interoperability and efficiency, said Brennen Lawrence, Senior Vice
President of North American Gaming for Scientific Games. We have
worked with customers and regulators around the globe on our implementation of
the G2S 2.1 standards, and being recognized for meeting these stringent GSA
guidelines indicates that the architecture and deployment of our SGVideo System
provide technological enhancement for our customers.
Details of these products, as well
as all products that have earned GSA Certification, are publicly available on
www.gamingstandards.com. Certification records listed on the site detail the
GSA standard functionality supported by a product.
GSAs Certification Program
promotes interoperability in gaming products that correctly implement GSA
standards. Products that are GSA Certified have been tested by a qualified test
lab and found to meet GSA certification requirements for the implementation of
Nidec Sankyo and Scientific Games
International are GSA members. GSA has a wide range of membership to meet any
organizations size, budget and business goals. GSA representatives can
help you decide which level is best for you anytime at
About the Gaming Standards
The Gaming Standards Association
(GSA) is an international trade association that creates benefits for gaming
manufacturers, suppliers, operators and regulators. We facilitate the
identification, definition, development, promotion and implementation of
standards to enable interoperability, innovation, education and communication
for the benefit of the entire industry. Established in 1998, GSAs members
represent a wide cross section of the global gaming industry.
Global Gaming Business Magazine
named GSAs Game to System (G2S) Protocol the Best
Productivity-Enhancement Technology. Casino Journal magazine named it one
of the Top 3 Most Innovative Products and Casino Enterprise
Management put it on the list of Top 10 Slot Floor
For more information, visit:
www.gamingstandards.com and join GSA on Facebook, LinkedIn,
Euro Games Technology Increase Presence in
HANNOVER, Germany (February 28,
2014) -- It has been a pleasure for Euro Games Technology to welcome members of
the management of two of Germanys biggest and most successful casino
groups. Considering EGTs growing presence in Germany, Mr. Erwin Horak,
President of Staatliche Lotterieverwaltung Bayern, Mr. Josef Müller,
Managing Director of Spielbanken Bayern and Mr. Otto Wulferding, General
Manager of Baden-Württembergische Spielbanken GmbH & Co. KG visited
EGT headquarters in Sofia, Bulgaria to become better acquainted with the
company and its products.
EGT first installation in Germany
took place in 2009 in collaboration with Spielbank Berlin. Since D-Systems took
over the distribution of EGT products in Germany in 2010, the company installed
its equipment in every casino group throughout the country.
2013 has been the most successful
and productive year for the partnership of the two companies.
"The success of our products
comes as a result of our achievement to combine all into one high
quality, latest technologies and a stylish design." explained Stanislav
Stanev, EGT Director Sales & Marketing.
"In 2013 our brand new products
have been introduces on the German market. The elegant P-24/24 upright cabinet
with the Multigames from our Premier Series has exceeded the expectation of
every casino where it has been installed."
"The 4-level Progressive Jackpot
System Cat4Cash has also had a very successful start and we foresee a promising
future for this branded product of EGT in Germany!" added Stanislav
2013 has been the most
successful year for the partnership of EGT and D-Systems. We have marked a
great number of installations in Germany and expect to expand EGT presence even
more next year with Staatliche Lotterieverwaltung Bayern and Baden-
Württembergische Spielbanken GmbH & Co. KG on our side!
explained Emilia Tomachinska, Managing Director at D-Systems.
Louisiana Lottery Offer Players Bonus Entries for Monthly Raffle
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (February 27,
2014) -- Louisiana lottery
offers players bonus entries for monthly raffle drawings
When Louisiana Lottery players
purchase a single-draw $5 Lotto ticket from March 1 to June 30, theyll
get a little something extra an entry into a raffle drawing worth up to
With a rolling cash jackpot
that starts at $250,000, Lotto has enjoyed ongoing success as Louisianas
flagship in-state game, said Lottery President Rose Hudson.
Were giving our players even more reasons to love Lotto during
our Lotto Lagniappe promotion by offering bonus entries into a raffle drawing
for additional cash prizes. Now is the perfect time to give Lotto a try,
especially since its jackpot has reached $1,150,000 for Saturday's
With each eligible $5 single-draw
Lotto ticket purchase, a second entry ticket will print that is
good for the next monthly Lotto Lagniappe drawing. Lotto Lagniappe entry
tickets will feature a unique seven-digit raffle number which must match
exactly a winning number drawn to win a prize.
With eligible purchases,
Lotto players will get their Lotto ticket plus a bonus entry ticket for the
lagniappe raffle, so be sure to look for two tickets, Hudson reminded
Each Lotto Lagniappe entry is good
for one draw date, which is printed on the entry ticket. Four monthly drawings
will be held on the first of the months of April, May, June and July from
entries generated during the previous month.
The following Lotto Lagniappe prizes
will be awarded during each drawing: one winning number worth $50,000,
one winning number worth $5,000 and five winning numbers worth $1,000. In
total, seven winners of an additional $60,000 in prizes will be awarded each
month of the promotion.
Lotto Lagniappe drawing results will
be available on the Lotterys website and via winning numbers reports on
retailer terminals after 9:59 p.m. on each drawing date. Odds of winning
a prize are dependent upon the number of Lotto Lagniappe entry tickets
generated during each drawing entry period. Lotto Lagniappe prizes must be
claimed at a Lottery office within 180 days of the Lagniappe drawing.
Complete game and promotional rules can be found in the Lotto and Lotto
Lagniappe directives on the Lotterys website, click
Ticket purchasers must be at least
21 years of age. For security purposes, the Lottery strongly encourages players
to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing. Anyone who may
have a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem
should call toll free: 1-877-770-7867 for help.
SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.
Gaming Laboratories International Names Russell Witt National
Director of Tribal Development
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (February
27, 2014) Gaming Laboratories
International (GLI), the worlds leading gaming testing
laboratory and technical consultancy, has named Russell Witt the companys
National Director of Tribal Development.
In his role, Witt is responsible for
strategic planning, initiatives, policies and procedures of GLIs Tribal
Development team, which services the needs of all Tribal gaming regulators and
GLI President/CEO James Maida said,
We are thrilled to welcome Russell to GLIs team of directors.
For more than a decade, he has earned a reputation for excellence in testing,
auditing and training, and his knowledge of Tribal gaming is virtually
unsurpassed. We are confident in his ability to lead our Tribal development
team to meet each customers unique needs and business
Witt brings a wealth of Tribal
gaming, Class II compliance and technical standards knowledge to GLI. Most
recently, he served as Director of Gaming Compliance for Video Gaming
Technologies (VGT). He has also served as Director of Engineering and Field
Services for BMM Compliance, and as Principal Technical Consultant to the
National Indian Gaming Commission in drafting Class II technical standards.
GLI has a 25-year history
of dedication to Tribal gaming and to Tribal regulators. The company works very
hard to earn regulators trust, and we do that by helping them identify
and mitigate risk. We have a strong portfolio of gaming services and trainings
to help empower Tribal regulators, including inspections and audits, and I will
work closely with each of our clients to ensure they are getting the maximum
benefit from their relationship with GLI, Witt said.
Witt is considered an expert in many
aspects of laboratory testing and consultation, including quality assurance
testing; independent, state and Tribal testing laboratories; new market access;
gaming regulations; product compliance; regulatory relationships; system and
field audits; and internal and external compliance training.
Witt is widely recognized as a
leader in Class II technical standards and internal controls, and he frequently
provides trainings and participates in panel discussions on the subject at
tradeshows and conferences throughout the country. He has been a contributing
writer for Gaming & Leisure and Casino Enterprise Management magazines.
About Gaming Laboratories
For 25 years, Gaming Laboratories
International, LLC has continuously delivered the best quality land-based and
iGaming testing and consulting services with supreme accuracy while reducing
time to market. With 21 laboratory locations spread across Africa, Asia,
Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the
only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international
accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020 and guide 65 standards
for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For
more information, visit www.gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman,
VP of Marketing, Phone: +1 (702) 914-2220, Email:
SOURCE: GLI press release
distributed by: Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications, +1 (702)