GTECHs National Response Centres Receive
Internationally-Recognized ISO/IEC 20000 Certification
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (January
24, 2014) -- GTECH has
received International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/International
Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 20000-1:2011 Service Management System (SMS)
certification for all three GTECH National Response Centers (NRCs)
Austin, Texas; Providence, Rhode Island; and Atlanta, Georgia. The GTECH Data
Center of the Americas (DCA) received this certification in June 2013. The
addition of all NRC facilities to this certification fully integrates service
management processes, through a Service Management Plan (SMP), that prescribes
procedures to be followed within NRC and DCA segments of GTECHs Client
The increased collaboration between
the DCA and NRCs fosters additional opportunities for cross training and
professional development for all employees. Hotline personnel interact with
business analysts, call center supervisors report to network teams, and all CS
operation units remain aligned through consistent, prescribed policies and
procedures. The result is maximum customer service delivery through improved
efficiencies and comprehensive analytics.
One of the primary goals
for GTECHs Client Services is to enhance collaboration between all CS
units, said GTECH Vice President of Client Services Ian Hyatt.
The recent verification by ISO/IEC auditors confirms that NRC
processes are in line with the processes certified in June of 2013 at the DCA.
This certification provides respected third party validation that CS is working
as a fully integrated customer service organization. We have always excelled in
delivering immediate customer service. Now, we are integrating critical
performance metrics between CS units to drive future efficiencies and
ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 SMS is a
service/management standard. It specifies requirements for the service provider
to plan, establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain, and improve
an SMS. The requirements for certification are detailed in a SMP that addresses
the design, transition, delivery, and improvement of services to fulfil agreed
service requirements. This certification is acknowledged as the international
gold standard in Information Technology (IT) services management
and is maintained by the International Organization for Standardization and
administered by accreditation and certification bodies.
The purpose of the SMP is to provide
clear operational direction by specifying processes, plans, roles, and
responsibilities as they relate to the delivery of customer service at the DCA
and NRCs. With a focus on capacity management, the DCA/NRC plan establishes
best practices to manage capacity fluctuations such as big jackpots and new
Within the standard there are five
process domains: Service Delivery, Relationship Management, Resolution,
Control, and Release Management. GTECHs SMP includes 13 different
processes incorporating event management and request fulfilment. The
certification is valid for three years.
GTECH has also obtained ISO/IEC
14001:2004 certification for its Environmental Management System (EMS) at its
Providence NRC. In addition, GTECHs Coventry manufacturing facility and
its Providence headquarters are both ISO/IEC 14001 recertified.
GTECH received separate ISO/IEC
14001:2004 EMS certifications for Lottomaticas Rome office and
GTECHs printing facility in Lakeland, Florida.
About GTECH S.p.A.
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 more information CONTACT: Robert
K. Vincent, GTECH S.p.A. Corporate Communications, Phone: (401) 392-7452.
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
INTRALOT Interactive Presents New Line of Mobile-First
Products at ICE 2014
LONDON, U.K. (January 9, 2014) --
INTRALOT Interactive is
proud to present its latest cutting-edge solutions, with the release of the
patent pending Mobile Lottery Solution, the Sports Mobile betting management
system, the new Instants Mobile Games library of gaming content and the new
release of its renowned i-Gaming Platform at its booth N12-160 at the ICE
Totally Gaming 2014 in London from February 4 - 6, 2014. Visitors will be able
to experience these products and their cross-operability across multiple
devices including the companys renowned Gablet terminals.
The Mobile Lottery product line is
an innovative, independent end-to-end solution for making the Lottery
experience native on mobile devices of all operating systems, sizes and
capabilities. Adaptive user interface (UI) design with emphasis on ease of use,
expedience of standard user actions and modern UI aesthetics, prove the best
spring board to attract newer demographics to the traditional Lottery
world. It incorporates several completely new and innovative player
engagement features, and gives significant value add to existing and new
The Sports Mobile betting management
system combines the proven INTRALOT i-FLEX sports book platform with a complete
content management and delivery platform for mobiles and tablets. Based on
HTML5 technologies, new UI designs offer an exciting user experience, allowing
the scaling up for multiple device options including terminal devices at the
Instant mobile Games is a new
approach to instant games designed to bring instant win and e-Scratch
excitement into a cross-platform and device optimised model for mobile with
HTML5-based technologies, better and more central management as well as
embedding of content into native applications as needed. The product line
combines traditional gaming rules with new innovative concepts from social and
casual gaming environments catering to the smart phone and tablet gamer
The company will showcase the latest
release of its i-Gaming platform as the solution to every horizontal need of an
interactive or retail operator managing all relevant areas of operations like
player wallet, payments, responsible gaming, CRM, BI/Analytics and optimization
management, Bonus and loyalty engines etc, all in a agnostic manner - but fully
supportive of any gaming vertical.
Mr. George Zenzefilis, General
Director of INTRALOT Interactive, will be a keynote speaker in the panel
discussion "Innovation: Engaging customers and building loyalty through
compelling experiences and new technology" at the Mobile Gaming Conference of
ICE Gaming Conferences 2014, offering further insights in the future of the
industry and the companys strategy.
Visit INTRALOTs stand and find
out more about INTRALOTs World of Gaming, the industrys finest
blend of gaming solutions for lottery, online, mobile, casino, betting, and
INTRALOT Interactive, is the
leading partner for those organizations that want to compete in a regulated
interactive competitive environment, offering a Universal Gaming Experience, to
their players. Its customers take advantage of the most robust, efficient and
versatile Unified Gaming Platform in the industry that seamlessly combines the
Retail, Mobile and Home Users, connecting innovative Gaming Verticals and
offering an unparallel business support to the organization for optimal
customer experience. Member of the INTRALOT Group of companies, it capitalizes
on the Groups global footprint and the extensive and renowned customer
base, to collect and advance best practices that provide the cornerstone of
continued success with product and services design always at the industry
About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)
INTRALOT, a public listed company,
is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing
systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive
gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. Its broad
portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing
& Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a
competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers
efficiency, profitability and growth. With presence in 56 jurisdictions, more
than 5.500 people and revenues of 1.4 billion for 2012, INTRALOT has
established its presence on all 5 continents.
For more information CONTACT: Ms
Persa Kartsoli, Head of Corporate and Public Relations, Phone: +30-210 6156000,
Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: email@example.com.
Scientific Games Sign Contract with Maine State Lottery to Provide
Lottery Gaming and Instant Ticket Services
NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 23, 2014) --
Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) today announced that the Company has signed a
new contract to implement and operate a complete lottery gaming system for
instant and draw games, including the Sciplay interactive platform, as
well as to provide instant ticket printing and a Cooperative Services Program
(CSP) for the Maine State
Lottery, an existing customer. Under the terms of the contract,
Scientific Games is responsible for installing and supporting terminals,
terminal communications and point of sales equipment for approximately 1,300
WAVE lottery retail terminals, as well as providing instant game design,
marketing services, warehouse management, inventory control and retail
The contract, which was awarded
through a competitive procurement process, is scheduled to begin April 27, 2014
and extends through June 30, 2020, and may be extended by the Lottery for
"Scientific Games has designed a
complete lottery solution, from state-of-the-art lottery terminals to
innovative distribution of games to our retailers, marketing campaigns and
player research," said Gerald Reid, Director of the Maine Bureau of
Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations. "This comprehensive
offering should help us to expand our opportunities and generate additional
revenue for the State."
"We welcome the opportunity to
continue our strong working relationship with the Maine State Lottery. We're
excited to implement a suite of innovative products and services across the
Lottery's full portfolio of games that is expected to bring value to its
players and retailers, and generate incremental profits for the State,"
stated Pat McHugh, President of North American Lottery Systems for Scientific
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation is a
leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated
content for worldwide gaming and lottery markets. The Company's portfolio
includes instant and draw-based lottery games; electronic gaming machines and
game content; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting
technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and social, mobile and interactive
content and services. For more information, please visit:
Cindi Buckwalter, (212)
William Pfund, (847)
Charles Alfaro, (212)
SOURCE: Scientific Games
White Christmas Joins the Cast of Pollard Banknotes
Licensed Games Portfolio
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (January 27,
2014) -- Pollard Banknote
Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is pleased to announce
that the company has recently added Paramount Pictures White
Christmas to its growing portfolio of licensed products. The
marketability of the film holds many of the same traits as Its a
Wonderful Life, a very successful brand that Pollard Banknote already
licenses from Paramount Pictures. The newly acquired license also bolsters
Pollard Banknotes robust holiday-themed instant ticket offerings.
White Christmas is an American
musical film originally released in 1954. The movie went on to become the top
grossing motion picture of the year and remains on Paramount Pictures Top
15 Best-Selling home media releases of all-time. A true holiday classic, White
Christmas will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2014.
Were pleased to now
offer the White Christmas brand to our valued lottery customers, said
Sina Aiello, Vice President, Marketing, Pollard Banknote. Given its
seasonal motif, White Christmas is a natural fit for a holiday-themed game
release and is an excellent option for a customized interactive e-card or any
number of second chance programs. Also, with the films anniversary
quickly approaching, a heightened awareness will likely result, making it the
perfect occasion for lotteries to launch a special anniversary White Christmas
Though the movie may bring back
memories of another era, theres nothing old fashioned about Pollard
Banknotes full turnkey marketing support program. These services include,
among others, second chance draws, interactive games, online contests, special
events, digital and social media campaigns, point ofsale support, and
pre-launch and post-launch analysisall targeted at building awareness and
TM & ©2014 Paramount
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote Limited is one of
the worlds leading full-service lottery vendors and is a major supplier
to North Americas charitable gaming industry. The company manufactures
instant lottery tickets and provides related programming, design, and marketing
support. As well, Pollard Banknote manufactures pull-tab tickets and bingo
paper, and supplies lottery management services (including warehousing and
distribution). Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately
73.5% by the Pollard famil y and 26.5% by public shareholders and currently
serves more than 50 lotteries worldwide, including some
of the largest and most respected
lotteries in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Central and South
America. For more information, please visit our website at
For More Information, CONTACT: Sina
Aiello, Vice President, Marketing Telephone: (204) 474-2323, E-mail:
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
Facebook, Twitter..... State Lotteries Discover Social
60% of the lotteries "already"
have an official Facebook page
Social networks and media
are currently the hot topics in the gambling industry, and in its new Lottery
Benchmarking Report MECN therefore takes a closer look at state lotteries and
their successes and strategies in the social media world
LONDON / MUNICH (January 28,
2013) -- In the gambling industry social media and networks as well as
social gaming/gambling seem to be everywhere. No conference is without social
media evangelists, no industry magazine without social gaming specials, ...
Therefore it's time for an objective analysis of the relevance of social
media/networks and their impact on state lotteries.
Actually, the Facebook pages of
state lotteries are already very much old hat. Many lotteries began offering
their products on Facebook as far back as 2008. Still, other lotteries are only
just beginning to discover social networks as a relevant marketing channel, and
several lotteries are still joining.
On the whole, 60% of the state
lotteries operate an official Facebook page.
In total, MECN analysed nearly 160
state lotteries and their official Facebook, Twitter, and/or YouTube pages.
Some results were impressive, some astonishing:
- 60% of the lotteries have an official Facebook page
On the whole, 60% of the state lotteries operate an official Facebook
(51% in 2012) page whereas 5% of the lotteries have some kind of
Facebook page that we could not identify as an official page. Among
those not having Facebook pages are many lotteries in Asia and Latin America as
well as many German state lotteries.
- Nearly 50% of the lotteries have an official
Twitter page/channel When it comes to Twitter, 47% of the lotteries
analysed have their own Twitter page/channel (39% in 2013), and 49% operate a
YouTube page/channel (36% in 2012). Other networks, such as Google+, Pinterest,
Flickr, ... play only a negligible role, and only a small number of lotteries
are using those networks.
Exhibit 1: Level of Facebook and
Twitter presence of state/public lotteries
Benchmarking of state
lotteries Facebook pages
Benchmarking Facebook pages of state
lotteries is a painstaking, time-consuming, and complex undertaking posing many
challenges. Among the most critical issues are the following: (1) Identifying
the official Facebook page of the lottery; (2) as many Facebook pages of
lotteries are restricted to a specific country, only local/resident analysts
can access these pages; (3) and as Facebook Likes/fans, ... can change quickly,
the analyses have to be repeated fairly frequently.
Nevertheless, we want to present a
few selected insights from our newest 2013/2014 Lottery Benchmarking Study:
- Average number of Likes The average number
of Likes/fans the Facebook pages of state lotteries attract is ca. 53,000
(October 2013) - an increase of ca. 140% compared to the figure of a year ago.
The Facebook page of the U.K. National Lottery represents the best practice
(same as in our 2012 analysis) and has by far the highest number of Likes/fans
with nearly 513,000 in October 2013 (ca. 350,000 in October 2012).
- On average, 1.0% of a countrys Facebook users
are fans of the Facebook page(s) of their countrys lottery
To narrow down the analysis even more, we also analysed the number of
Likes/fans in relation to the overall number of Facebook users. On average,
1.0% (0.85% a year before) of a countrys Facebook users are
fans of the Facebook page(s) of their countrys lottery; for
most countries, that figure hovers around 0.5% (median). The Internet-savvy
Icelanders seem to be especially keen on following their countrys
lotteries: their two lotteries are both among the top five.
More insights to be found in
MECNs new Lottery Benchmarking Study
The new 2013/2014 edition of
MECNs Lottery Benchmarking Study includes many additional in-depth
analyses of the social media activities (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) of
lotteries. Moreover, MECN has added several best practice case studies
identifying potential success factors.
The study can be obtained at:
MECN is a network of experts on
issues concerning the media and entertainment industry. Together they provide
in-depth knowledge, analysis, and advice to global clients.
CONTACT: Martin Oelbermann, Tel: +49
(0)89 3835 6785, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
All or Nothing Game Set to Debut in Minnesota
Players in New Lotto Game Will
Win Top Prize For Matching AllOr Nothing
ST PAUL, Minnesota (January 24,
2014) -- The Minnesota and Iowa lotteries are using a player complaint about
lotto drawings as the basis for a new game.
The All Or Nothing game debuts
Tuesday, January 28, allowing players to win its $100,000 top prize for
matching all of the winning numbers in one of its drawings or none of them.
The lotteries announced the new game
during an event Friday at a supermarket in Rochester, one of the locations
where tickets will be sold.
All Or Nothing is a joint game being
offered in both states, with two drawings per day, seven days a week. Players
in All Or Nothing will choose 12 numbers from a pool of 24. Twelve winning
numbers will be selected in each midday and evening drawing. Tickets will cost
$1 per play.
The game has an hourglass prize
structure offering 10 ways to win, with the $100,000 top prize at the two
extremes - for matching all or nothing - and smaller prizes working in from
there. Players can win the games second prize of $1,000 for matching 11
of the winning numbers or just one of them. The $20 prize level is for those
who match 10 numbers or two; the $5 level is for those who match nine numbers
or three; and players will win $1 for matching eight of the numbers or four.
Those who wind up in the middle by matching five, six or seven numbers will not
win a prize. The overall odds of winning are 1 in 4.54.
This is a fun concept that
definitely tweaks the traditional lottery drawing, Minnesota State
Lottery Executive Director
Ed Van Petten said.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich added, If you never match anything in
lottery drawings, have we got a game for you!
Drawings will be held at 12:45 p.m.
and 8:45 p.m. daily. Players will be able to buy tickets for those drawings
until 12:10 p.m. or 8:10 p.m. If they purchase a ticket after the cutoff time,
it will be for the next drawing.
www.mnlottery.com for more information
about the Minnesota State Lottery. Players can also get the winning numbers 24
hours a day by calling (651) 634-1111.
SOURCE: Minnesota Lottery.
Kentucky Lottery Proceeds to the Commonwealth on
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (January 24,
2014) -- In todays meeting of the
Corporations board of directors, it was announced that proceeds paid
to the state for the first six months of the fiscal year met their goal
and that performance for the rest of the year is expected to remain on
Overall sales for the first six
months were $420.4 million, which is $2.8 million more than the previous fiscal
year but $7.5 million less than what was budgeted.
A bright spot in sales, according to
the lotterys Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing Steve Casebeer,
was the new Keno game.
Sales for Keno from launch
through the end of December were $6.1 million, compared to the $4.8 million
expected, he reported. Keno sales are continuing to trend
upward. Weve added 83 new retailers since launch in November to help
expand our base, and are working to continue to expand in the social
Year-to-date income before transfer
of dividends to the Commonwealth was $112.7 million, which is $1.8 million
higher than budgeted.
We were able to exceed our
profit goal despite lower sales thanks to the $636 million Mega Millions
jackpot in December, said the lotterys Sr. Vice President of
Finance and CFO Howard Kline.
Mega Millions is one of our
most profitable games, and increased sales of that product in addition
to reducing operating expenses helped us close the gap.
In other business, the board
- A contract with SmartPlay
International for random number generators;
- A contract with Vision Solutions for
- Rules and regulations for 11 scratch-off
The board also welcomed Jan Buddeke,
a retired investment manager, as its newest member. She was appointed by
Governor Beshear to a full four-year term. Board member Joseph Haydon was also
reappointed by the governor to a full four-year term.
The next meeting of the KLCs
board of directors will be Friday, March 21. The meeting will
begin at 9:30 AM EST, and will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West
Main Street in Louisville. Committee meetings will begin at 8:30 AM EST.
CONTACT: Sara Westerman,
Communications Specialist, 502-560-1677 / 502-560-1670 fax.
About Kentucky Lottery
Kentucky Lottery proceeds now go to
college grant, scholarship and literacy programs. The Kentucky Lottery has
contributed more than $2 billion for need-based grant and merit-based
scholarship programs since 1998. The KLC also contributes $3 million
annually to adult literacy development programs and "Read to Achieve,"
an early childhood reading program. Since its inception in 1989, the
Kentucky Lottery has sent more than $3.9 billion to the Commonwealth.
SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery.
New Edition of 'Quest for Gold' Crossword Game Supports
Ontarios Amateur Athletes
Olympians heading to Sochi,
Russia benefit from Quest for Gold funding
TORONTO, Ontario (January 25, 2014)
-- Canadian Olympians from Ontario are in the final days of preparing for the
upcoming Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. While the athletes are focused on their
sport, Ontario Lottery and
Gaming Corporation (OLG) is supporting their dreams by providing many of
them with essential funding through the provincial governments Quest for
Today Ontarios Minister of
Tourism, Culture and Sport, Michael Chan, and Minister of Natural Resources and
Sault Ste. Marie MPP, David Orazietti joined OLG Acting President and CEO, Tom
Marinelli, to unveil a new edition of the popular OLG Instant game, QUEST FOR
GOLD CROSSWORD. Proceeds of this lottery game are earmarked for the Quest for
Since QUEST FOR GOLD launched in
2006, $83 million has been generated from lottery sales to assist approximately
4,000 unique Ontario athletes. As the Sochi games approach, 47 of the 58
Ontario athletes announced as being part of Team Canada have been supported by
Quest for Gold funding.
Among those funding recipients are
the members of Canadas Mens Olympic Curling Team, Team Jacobs from
Sault Ste Marie. They were on hand to take part in todays QUEST FOR GOLD
This was also a perfect opportunity
to wish Team Jacobs the best of luck on behalf of all Ontarians as they begin
their own quest for gold on the curling sheets in Sochi.
Team Jacobs is comprised of Brad
Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E. J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden. Support from the
Quest for Gold program was critical in making our Olympic dream come
true, said team skip, Brad Jacobs. The funding allowed us to
travel to tournaments, pay for equipment and cover coaching fees. We would
never have been able to pursue our goals without the financial support from the
Quest for Gold program.
We are proud to support our
athletes from the playground to the podium and Quest for Gold is a vital
program that ensures our athletes have the financial support they need to
achieve and succeed, said Michael Chan, Ontarios Minister of
Tourism, Culture and Sport. Our athletes are an important asset as
they represent us as a nation in the international arena, inspire the next
generation of greats to compete and win, and give us all a sense of pride as a
people. Good luck to Team Jacobs and all of Ontarios Olympians!
I am thrilled to be here to
offer my best wishes to Team Jacobs, from my hometown of Sault Ste.
Marie, said David Orazietti, Ontarios Minister of Natural
Resources and MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. Our community is very proud of
the teams many achievements and we applaud their continued success and
look forward to seeing them compete at the Olympics.
The QUEST FOR GOLD lottery
is an important part of OLGs commitment to supporting local communities
and all Ontarians, said Tom Marinelli, OLGs Acting President
and CEO. OLG is honoured to help with the hopes and dreams of
Ontarios athletes as they go for gold. Team Jacobs are great
representatives of all those athletes. Best of luck in Sochi!
Instant Quest for Gold
Instant Quest For Gold Crossword
(Game #3204) offers the chance to win a top prize of $50,000, with a 65 per
cent prize payout and winning odds of 1 in 3.84. The $3 INSTANT QUEST FOR GOLD
CROSSWORD tickets are on sale at more than 10,000 lottery retail locations
OLG is an Operational Enterprise
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
For Gold Fact Sheet
Quest For Gold Program
The Quest for Gold program was
established to provide additional support to athletes from Ontario and to
increase the performance and number of Ontario athletes competing at the
highest national and international levels, thereby contributing to the improved
performance of Canada at international competitions.
Specific objectives of the
- To help athletes continue their pursuit of athletic
excellence at the highest levels of national and international
- To encourage athletes to stay in Ontario to live
- To compensate athletes for earnings lost while
- To enable athletes to successfully pursue
excellence in sport while fulfilling their educational goals;
- To increase athlete access to high performance
- To enhance training and competitive opportunities
available to athletes.
Each year, OLG sends $10 million in
proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to support our athletes.
Since Quest for Gold launched in 2006, $83 million has been generated from
lottery sales to assist approximately 4,000 unique Ontario athletes. As the
Sochi games approach, 47 of the 58 Ontario athletes announced as being part of
Team Canada have been supported by Quest for Gold funding.
Quest For Gold Crossword
$3 QUEST FOR GOLD CROSSWORD launches
on January 20, 2014 and is expected to be available until mid-May 2014
- Proceeds support Ontarios amateur athletes.
- 25.4 million tickets printed.
- Prize payout is 65 per cent.
- Overall odds of winning: 1 in 3.84.
- Top prize of $50,000
Visit the Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Corporation website for more information on how to play QUEST FOR GOLD
Michigan Lottery Introduces Two Instant Games with Second Chance
LANSING, Michigan (January 23, 2014)
-- Michigan Lottery
Monopoly Jackpot IG676The Michigan Lottery is bringing new chances for players
to win in 2014!
MONOPOLY Jackpot, is the
newest second chance game at the Michigan Lottery! The new instant game allows
players to enter their non-winning tickets at MichiganLottery.com in order to
play a virtual version of the classic MONOPOLY game.
Players can collect MONOPOLY
properties and with each completed Property Color Set earn
the chance to win an instant cash prize of $25 to $2,500.
If that deal isnt sweet
enough, players also can win entries into the monthly progressive jackpot
drawings that award up to $1 million! To keep it convenient, players also can
play the MONOPOLY Jackpot Collect & Win second chance game on their mobile
devices! The deadline to enter for a chance to win is May 31, 2014.
More second chance opportunities are
available for players when they submit their non-Michigan Lottery Zuma
IG675winning Zuma® instant tickets at PlayMIL.com. Every eligible ticket
submitted through May 7, 2014 earns a chance to win one of three prizes: A
downloadable game from PopCap® games, an instant ticket coupon for up to
$20 off an instant ticket purchase, or Players Club reward points. Each ticket
entry also provides a player with three credits to play the Zuma Tournament
game and a chance to win bragging rights on the leaderboard!
THE MONOPOLY name and logo, the
distinctive design of the game board, the four corner squares, the MR. MONOPLY
name and character, as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board
and playing pieces are trademarks of Hasbro for its property trading game and
game equipment. © 1935, 2014 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Licensed by
ZUMA and the associated logo are
trademarks owned by Electronic Arts Inc. © ZUMA images and artwork,
Electronic Arts Inc.
SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.
Dutch State Lottery Operator De Lotto Signs Sponsorship with
Hockey Federation to Further Promote Sporting
AMERSFOORT, Netherlands (January 28,
2014) -- Dutch state lottery operator
De Lotto has signed a deal
with the Royal Dutch Hockey Federation (KNHB) to become the new shirt sponsor
of the Dutch national indoor men and womens teams.
The deal sees the state
lotterys Lotto game appear on the front of all
national indoor hockey team shirts and continues a partnership which stretches
back 50 years.
In a statement issued by Delotto,
Erik Poel, CEO KNLTB said "The collaboration with The Lotto suits us very
well for many years. We are pleased that Dutch Davis Cup team in the clash with
the Czech Republic bears the name of Lotto.
Besides Dutch Davis Cup team this
year is The Lotto KNLTB namesake to the national competition, the Lotto KNLTB
Tennis Masters and is a partner at the World Team Cup. KNLTB in 2012 received
more than 1.9 million Lotto funding. In addition to the annual remittance KNLTB
in 2014 on the basis of the marketing rights filed an additional percentage of
the returns from the Lotto were received.
For Lotto director Joost Otterloo it
is important that the Lotto be more visible to the Dutch audience: "The
Lotto was established by and for athletes. Players who participate in our
gaming, such as Lotto, automatically support this Dutch sport. We implement all
76 sports associations since 2012 with the Lotto logo on various
communications. Additionally unions voluntarily submit additional marketing
rights since 2012. This has been done by the KNLTB and is therefore the Lotto
logo on the clothing of Dutch Davis Cup Team. We wish the team good luck
against the Czech Republic! "
POWERBALL® Game Creates More Than 500 Millionaires Each Year
in the U.S.
Current Game Design Celebrates
AUSTIN, Texas (January 28, 2014)
--This month marks the two-year anniversary of the current $2 Powerball®
game design, and the improved features have paid off big for players in Texas
and across the country. When the current game was introduced Jan.15, 2012, the
Association forecast at least 300 millionaires would be created each year,
and Powerball has delivered. Nationally, in the last 24 months, the Powerball
game created 1,013 millionaires, an average of more than 500 millionaires each
year, or nine millionaires per week.
The $2 Powerball game was designed
to offer larger starting jackpots that grow quickly, more chances to become a
millionaire and better overall odds. In the past two years, Powerball has
created the four largest jackpots in the games 20-plus-year history. The
increased Match 5 prize of $1 million, or $2 million if the ticket includes
Power Play®, gives players more chances to become a millionaire.
Nationally, in the past two years,
979 Match 5 tickets won a total of more than $1 billion in cash prizes; of
these, 847 players received $1 million prizes and 133 players received $2
million prizes. Also, as a result of reducing overall odds, more than 160
million players in the U.S. have won a Powerball prize in the last two years,
including 34 multi-million dollar jackpot prize winners.
We are thrilled that
Powerball continues to exceed player expectations, allowing it to be a huge
success for players and for public education in Texas, said
executive director of the Texas Lottery.
With national sales of $11 billion,
the new Powerball game has resulted in millions of dollars in retailer
commissions and revenue to support worthwhile causes in every Powerball state.
In Texas, $239.1 million has been generated to support public education since
the Powerball changes took effect in 2012 and retailers have received $28.4
million in commissions.
"Texas players have benefited
from the new Powerball game, as more than 11,360,191 winning tickets have been
sold in the state, said Grief. Our players enjoy the
chance to play for big prizes and the improved game has resulted in Texas
having 43 winning tickets worth $1 million or more, including a jackpot prize
of $40 million.
Powerball jackpots start at $40
million and roll until the jackpot is won. Players win by matching the five
white ball numbers (1-59) and the red Powerball number (1-35). There are eight
other ways to win non-jackpot prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million or up to $2
million if the ticket includes Power Play. The overall odds of winning a prize
in the game are approximately 1 in 31.
Powerball is played in 45 U.S.
lottery jurisdictions. Powerball is a state lottery game facilitated by the
Multi-State Lottery Association
(MUSL), a government-benefit, non-profit association owned and operated by
33 member U.S. lotteries. MUSL currently coordinates six multi-state games in
the United States. Powerball® drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at
10:59 p.m. Eastern Time, 9:59 p.m. Central Time, 8:59 p.m. Mountain Time and
7:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
For more information about
Powerball®, please visit www.powerball.com. Powerball® and Power
Play® are registered trademarks of the Multi-State Lottery Association.
About the Texas Lottery
Beginning with the first ticket sold
in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $21 billion in revenue for the state
and distributed $42 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas
Lottery has contributed $16 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which
supports public education in Texas.
As authorized by the Texas
Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state pro-grams including
the Fund for Veterans Assistance.
The Texas Lottery provides several
entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega
Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing, Texas Two Step®,
Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash Five® and scratch-offs.
For more information visit us on
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or at:
SOURCE: Texas Lottery.
Loto-Québec Presents Its Annual Awareness
There is always the chance to
decide from January 27 to March 2, 2014
MONTREAL, Canada (January 27, 2014)
-- For the second consecutive year,
launches campaign It's always the chance to decide today and disseminates
information messages on television, on the web and display in French and
English. As this new-year, note the presence of the campaign in the Montreal
metro, including interactive lumiquais and during transitions start and end of
commercial breaks on television.
Over a period of five weeks, the
public campaign seeks to raise awareness, including players of slot machines
and video lottery terminals
(VLTs), false beliefs that they may have when they play.
In support of this campaign, the
website lejeudoitresterunjeu.com includes a wealth of information used to
demystify gambling and money, allowing players to make choices. This site is
interactive, the public is invited to ask them questions about participation in
games of chance and money, and strategies for the game is a game
False beliefs are often held about
slot machines in casinos and VLTs in bars, pubs and lounges games. Some players
believe for example that "the machine is going to pay" or that it is
possible to have a strategy to win. However, it is impossible for anyone to
predict the outcome of a game of chance whatsoever.
You should know that the most recent
studies by independent experts 1 shows that the prevalence of pathological
gambling has remained stable since 1997. Thus, the vast majority of Quebecers
engage in games of chance and gambling for fun and have no problems.
Responsible gaming at Loto-Québec Loto-Québec is committed to
promote responsible gaming behavior. Campaign It's always the chance to decide
is one of many measures taken by Loto-Québec over the years to inform
and equip players so they do not exceed the limits of time and money.
Self-exclusion programs available in casinos , the gaming halls and on the site
Espacejeux.com control programs age for people under 18 years, and embedded
devices VLTs are also part of measures to promote responsible gaming.
Note also the creation, in 2012, the
Vice-President responsible gaming. Its role is to coordinate all activities of
Loto-Québec's responsible gambling and to ensure the application of best
practices in this area, and in all areas of the Company. It produces
information materials and outreach on the gambling low risk, and distributes it
to the population as well as the customers and employees of
Loto-Quebec reminds the same time
that free help is available throughout Quebec for people who are concerned
about their gambling habits or those of a loved one. Many treatment centers are
available to them, as well as the site aidejeu.com and confidential and
available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week anonymous telephone service.
About Loto Quebec
Loto-Québec's mission is to
manage the supply of gambling and money responsibly promoting order, the extent
and interest of Quebecers. Each year it spends more than $ 30 million to the
fight against gambling. In September 2012, Loto-Québec became the first
lottery to obtain the renewal of the Level 4 certification framework
Responsible Gambling World Lottery
Kairouz, Sylvia and Louise Nadeau.
Portrait of gambling in Quebec: Prevalence, incidence and trajectories over
four years [PDF, 1.49 MB - Help ], Concordia University, University of Montreal
and Research Fund on society and culture , 2010.
Information CONTACT: Jean-Pierre
Roy, Department of Corporate Media Relations, 514 499-5151.
North Carolina Lottery Increases Earnings in First Half of
RALEIGH, North Carolina (January 28,
2014) -- Thanks to strong ticket sales, the
N.C. Education Lottery
increased earnings for the states education programs by 10 percent in the
first six months of fiscal year 2014.
The increase means an additional $23
million in earnings for education in the first half of the fiscal year when
compared to the first six months of the previous year. As of Dec. 30, 2013, the
lottery had raised $251 million for the state this year.
The good news for education
is that if our sales stay strong we should have another record year of sales
and earnings, said
executive director of the lottery. Our goal is to exceed half a
billion in earnings for the first time ever."
"We thank our players for their
interest in our games and wish them luck at winning prizes. We know every
dollar we raise is a dollar our education programs need right
On Tuesday, the lottery transferred
$124.9 million in earnings from sales in the second quarter of the fiscal year,
Oct. 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, to the state. The transfer brought the
total transferred this year to $278 million, including $27 million from
higher-than-expected earnings in fiscal year 2013 that were included in the
first transfer in October. The total amount transferred to the state since the
lottery started in March 2006 now stands at $3.19 billion.
Sales in the first six months
totaled $902.6 million, up $110.9 million, or 14 percent, from the same period
the year before. The increase resulted primarily from a 21 percent jump in
sales of instant tickets, the lotterys most popular type of game. Strong
Mega Millions ticket sales due to a $648 million jackpot in December also
boosted revenues. Administrative expenses stayed flat at 4.24 percent of total
revenue through December.
Lottery dollars support
teachers salaries in grades K-3, school construction and repair projects,
prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, need-based college
scholarships and financial aid, and digital learning initiatives.
N.C. Education Lottery.
Governors Proposed Budget Supports the Florida
Lotterys Education Mission
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (January 29,
2014) -- Governor Scotts Its Your Money Tax Cut
Budget recommendations support the
Florida Lotterys core
mission of maximizing revenues for the benefit of education in our state.
The $174.7 million proposal identified for the Florida Lottery underscores the
Governors continued support of public education. The Florida
Lottery has contributed $26 billion to education since 1988, transferring more
than $1.41 billion in fiscal year 2012-13 alone.
In order to help the Lottery
continue to grow sales and maximize transfers to education, the Governors
budget includes $4.9 million for an additional 300 Full Service Vending
Machines to help the Lottery increase its distribution network, grow revenue,
and increase transfers to education. The Governors budget also
provides an additional $12.5 million in funding for the Lotterys
Scratch-Off and Terminal gaming contracts as a result of the Lotterys
sales success over the past year and anticipated future growth.
The funding provided last year to
implement a mobile sales tool to increase efficiencies for Lottery sales
personnel has helped the Governor reduce this years budget to
reflect the cost savings and ensure that the Florida Lottery remains one of the
most efficient lotteries in the nation.
budget confirms his commitment to supporting education and creating
jobs, said Florida Lottery Secretary
OConnell. In support of the Governors vision, the
Lottery will remain laser-focused on increasing sales and operating efficiently
so that we can maximize our contributions to Floridas education
Widely recognized as a leader among
lotteries in the nation, the Florida Lottery will continue to apply fiscally
conservative principles in its daily operations and operate as a self-funding
enterprise, raising profits for education by increasing sales and reducing
In Fiscal Year 2014-15, the Florida
Lottery will continue to launch new and exciting games; unveil enhancements to
current game offerings; expand its retailer network; explore innovative
alliances with public and private-sector partners; and implement a
comprehensive marketing plan that includes non-traditional advertising, social
media and further development of its Internet presence.
The Florida Lotterys business
partners and beneficiaries are also supportive and encouraged by the
Governors proposed budget this year.
Bright Futures has been a
tremendous help over the years for literally tens of thousands of University of
Florida students, some of whom might not have been able to go to college
without it. At the University of Florida, historically, 96 percent of our
entering freshmen have been Bright Futures recipients. We know they and their
parents are grateful for those scholarships, said Bernie Machen,
President, University of Florida.
We should never
underestimate the power of having a businessman like Governor Scott leading the
state, creating jobs, helping businesses succeed and growing Floridas
economy. Additionally, we value our relationship with the Florida Lottery and
are proud to be a partner in generating funding for education, which is just
one way we give back to the community, said John Peyton, President of
Gate Petroleum Company, based in Jacksonville.
As one of the more than
650,000 students who has been able to pursue my academic goals while keeping my
college debt relatively low, thanks to the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
Program, I appreciate all that Governor Scott and the Florida Lottery are doing
to ensure future funding for this and other educational programs,
said Florida State University student, Courtney Coppola.
priorities in the proposed budget go a long way in helping our business grow in
Florida, said Maximo Alvarez, President, Sunshine Gasoline
Distributors, Inc., in Doral. Additionally, we value our
relationship with the Florida Lottery and we are proud to be a partner in
generating money for education.
As a Florida Lottery
retailer, I appreciate Governor Scotts support of Floridas business
community and his emphasis on generating additional revenue for public
education through the Florida Lottery. I take pride in knowing my sales
efforts as well as those of other retailers across the state have contributed
to the Lottery transferring more than $26 billion to education and sending more
than 650,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship
Program, said Dixit Patel, President of Pan Food Stores based in
I would like to thank
Governor Scott for proposing a budget that will continue to help Floridas
economy grow and that supports the Florida Lotterys efforts to generate
as much revenue as possible to enhance education. Our economy has made
tremendous gains over the past several years and the Governors proposed
budget will help continue that trend, said Ned Bowman, Executive
Director, Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store
I appreciate the
Governors support of Floridas business community and his commitment
to having a strong educational system. Hudson Food Stores is proud to be
a Florida Lottery retailer from its inception and contribute to their efforts
to generate additional revenue for Floridas schools, said
Stoney Smith of Hudson Food Stores based in Chiefland.
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 education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games
have paid more than $37 billion in prizes and made more than 1,300 people
millionaires. For more information, please visit:
SOURCE: Florida Lottery.
Big Money Play Book Opens New Chapter in Winning for DC Lottery
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 29, 2014)
-- The Big Money Play Book - a bound series of six $5 DC Scratchers that sells
for the price of four - launches February 5, 2014.
For $20, players will have the
opportunity to play six different games with varying play styles and win big.
There are two top prizes of $100,000 and over $7,000,000 in total cash prizes
The Big Money Play Book is the first
of its kind for the DC Lottery.
And, the first DC Scratcher
launched in 2014. The packaged
succession of scratcher games offers an extended playing
experience. And, the discounted
pricingits like getting two freeappeals to the inner bargain
Players enjoy scratchers.
They like the fun associated with the games, the interactivity, and of course
the potential to win awesome cash prizes, said
Buddy Roogow, executive
director of the DC Lottery. The introduction of the Big Money Play
Book will confirm to our players that the DC Lottery is their winning
destination, stated Roogow.
At the DC Lottery,
were in the business of winning. The introduction of Big Money Play Book
is evidence that the winning continues, proclaimed Roogow.
Buddy Roogow is the executive
director of the nations only city lottery, the DC Lottery and current
president of the North American
Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).
DC Lottery and Charitable Games
Founded in 1982, the DC Lottery is
the District of Columbia Government agency that regulates the sale of gaming
products and charitable gaming activities in the District of Columbia. Since
its inception, the D.C. Lottery has awarded more than $3 billion in prizes,
transferred more than $1.8 billion to the Districts General Fund which
supports essential services in the District, and has helped local non-profits
raise more than $123 million in support of social causes.
detailed information about the DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control
CONTACT: Agnes Moss,
SOURCE: D.C. Lottery.