GTECH to Make An Offer to Acquire Probability Plc, A Leading
Global Provider of Mobile Entertainment Gaming
ROME, Italy and PROVIDENCE, Rhode
Island (February 18, 2014) -- GTECH S.p.A. announced today that its wholly-owned
subsidiary, GTECH UK Interactive Limited (GTECH UK), had reached agreement with
the board of UK-listed Probability Plc (Probability) on the terms of a
recommended cash acquisition by GTECH UK of the entire issued and to-be-issued
share capital of Probability. The acquisition, at £0.50 per Probability
share, values the fully diluted share capital of Probability at approximately
£17.5 million (21 million). The acquisition is expected to be
completed by mid-2014.
Probability is a mobile gaming
solutions company that will provide GTECH with immediate access to a mobile
solution in slots and table games, as well as enhance player acquisition and
retention experience. Probabilitys proprietary Slot-O-Matic technology
allows the automatic translation of gaming content across multiple mobile
operating systems. Probability has established an industry-leading capability
to quickly create and bring to market games which will work in multiple devices
in numerous regulated jurisdictions.
This acquisition is a
significant step in GTECHs ongoing efforts to meet the mobile gaming
needs of our World Lottery Association (WLA) and commercial
customers, said GTECH S.p.A. President of Products & Services
Renato Ascoli. Probability does not have a WLA presence and its
products complement GTECHs mobile product offering. The combination will
generate operational synergies, primarily in R&D and games development.
Technical integration and the resulting impact on time-to-market for
Probabilitys solutions is expected to progress rapidly as GTECH is a
current customer in Italy and, as such, is integrated into Probabilitys
Having recognized the
significance that mobile would play in the gaming sector earlier than most in
the industry, Probability has invested the time and capital into technology and
developed a deep understanding of mobile gaming dynamics, said
Probability CEO Charles Cohen. We enter into this transaction
with the expectation that our combined knowledge and resources will drive
future growth in mobile gaming for our customers.
Probability has developed a catalog
of more than 30 games compatible with over 3,500 mobile devices, including
tablets, and serves 800-1,000 different devices a day. High-Definition (HD)
gaming is part of its current portfolio and being delivered as a way to enhance
the customer experience.
Moreover, Probability has
demonstrated its ability to offer its technology in all traditional gambling
business models including B2C, B2B partner-managed, and B2B Probability-managed
white-label in multiple regulated jurisdictions.
With a highly-skilled team of
approximately 45 employees, Probability was founded in 2004, and listed on the
AIM London Stock Exchange in 2006. It is currently licensed in several
jurisdictions including Italy, Gibraltar, and the UK, and is in the process of
developing U.S.- ready systems.
Probabilitys net gaming
revenues for the first six months of its fiscal year 2014 (the six-month period
ended September 30, 2013) were £3.6 million. As of September 30, it had a
net cash position of £1.7 million.
The acquisition, which will be
implemented by way of a Court sanctioned scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of
the UK Companies Act 2006 and is subject to certain regulatory approvals, is
expected to be completed by mid 2014. Fabio Celadon, Senior Vice President of
Strategy & Corporate Development, led the acquisition team for GTECH.
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
T. (+1) 401 392
T. (+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
INTRALOT Extends Its Online Contract in New
ATHENS, Greece (February 20, 2014)
-- After a smooth conversion to
and six years of successful operations in New Mexico, INTRALOT USA was awarded
an extension of its contract by the
New Mexico Lottery Board for
the provision of the on-line Lottery Gaming System and related products and
services. The new amendment extends the current seven (7) year contract, for
three (3) additional years from 2015 until 2018.
The extension amendment provides
that INTRALOT will continue to offer the New Mexico Lottery INTRALOTs
LOTOS O/S On-line Gaming Computer System. This includes its
state-of-the-art terminals, peripheral devices and a satellite network that
links retailer terminals across the state to the central system. Incorporated
into this package are additional services, such as marketing support, hotline,
maintenance and repair as well as field operations.
According to Mr. David Barden,
Interim Director of the New Mexico Lottery, I look forward to
continuing our productive relationship with INTRALOT as the lottery moves
towards new technology and sales channels benefiting the future of New Mexico
through our support of higher education. New Mexicans have benefitted
from our relationship with INTRALOT. As our partner INTRALOT has
consistently provided excellent technology and service at a value-based
INTRALOT USA President and CEO, Mr.
Tom Little, added: Upon award of the contract in New Mexico our first
task was to successfully complete the difficult task of upgrading New
Mexicos current system to an INTRALOT solution. Once the
system was converted our team have continued to meet the needs and goals of the
New Mexico Lottery and are pleased to continue our relationship with the award
of the extension of our contract. We will continue to stand by the Lottery and
support its efforts to increase its sales for the benefit of the States
Mr. Constantinos Antonopoulos, CEO
of INTRALOT Group, stated: We are looking forward to continuing our
close cooperation with the New Mexico Lottery and providing our added-value
services to the State. INTRALOTs well-established presence in the US
ratifies our relationship of trust with the US Lotteries. This extension of our
contract is a result of our consistent offering of pioneering products and
services that focus on addressing the needs and expectations of the Lotteries,
as well as the hard work and dedication to excellence of the INTRALOT USA
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:
Scientific Games Release App with Ticket Scanning
ATLANTA, Georgia (February 18, 2014)
-- Scientific Games
Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) announced today its release of a ground-breaking
mobile app with a ticket scanning feature. The app was designed and launched
for the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation to complement its VIP
Rewards® program, the Lotterys Points for Prizes® program created
and managed by Scientific Games and its subsidiary,
MDI Entertainment, LLC.
A component of Scientific
Games Properties Plus® program, Points for Prizes allows players to
enter lottery tickets into an exclusive Players Club member section of the
Lotterys website to earn rewards points.
Points accrue with each ticket
entered, and can be redeemed by the player in the Points for Prizes online
store for loyalty rewards ranging from movies, music and eBook downloads to
electronics, jewelry and sporting equipment.
Using the new MDI-built app, players
have the ability to scan a barcode on eligible tickets to have their points
instantly added to their accounts, and to enter Play It Again!TM and 2nd Chance
drawings. No manual ticket entry is needed.
In addition to the scanning tool,
the Tennessee Education
Lottery Corporations app delivers other valuable features from its
VIP Players Suite® website including e- alerts setup and modification to
receive draw results, jackpots, Your Numbers Up and other
game notifications. Information on eligible instant games, as well as member
ticket entry history and point balances also are available via the app.
Non-members can even register for a
VIP Players Suite® account directly from their mobile devices.
pleased to offer our players this multi-functional new app, said
Rebecca Hargrove, President & CEO of the Tennessee
Education Lottery Corporation. This gives us yet another way to
connect with our players, reward our VIP Players Suite® members and,
ultimately, maximize proceeds for the students and families of our great
Amy Bergette Hill, Senior Vice
President for Interactive at Scientific Games, said, The creation of
the ticket scanning function is a significant step forward, and we commend the
Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation for being the first to offer it to its
players. This makes the ticket entry process much quicker and more convenient
for players, and eliminates any possibility of incorrectly keying in a number."
"The scanning tool is a
noteworthy feature of Tennessees new app, and now can be offered with
other mobile apps we build for our customers.
In the first 30 days following its
release, the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporations new app was
downloaded more than 14,000 times. Nearly 900,000 tickets were entered via the
apps scanning functionality, representing 14 percent of the total number
of tickets entered during that time.
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 Companys 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:
CONTACT: Therese Minella -
770-825-4219 - Scientific Games Corporation.
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Eastern European e-Gaming Signs of Progress in
CASTLETOWN, Isle of Man ((February
17, 2014) --The progress of internet gambling and its regulation in Eastern
Europe has not been as rapid or as successful as planned. In general, across
the region, it has taken much longer for regulation to be developed than anyone
expected. But 2014 is showing signs of movement.
Bulgaria, a country
of seven million people and a member of the European Union since 2007, started
reviewing its online gambling policy in the same year it joined the EU.
However, the law that regulated Internet gambling only actually came into
effect some five years later in July 2012. Another year then passed before
operators were allowed to apply for online gaming licences. A little before
that, the authorities drew up an Internet gambling blacklist, which comprised a
total of 171 websites by the start of 2014.
As Internet gambling was already
quite well developed in the country before it was regulated, with the likes of
Sportingbet, bwin and Betfair targeting the market and advertising there, the
authorities expected that the operators would queue up for the new local
licenses. But, with high taxes in place, the licences have not proved popular.
The Internet gambling tax was set at 15% of handle, the same as for land based
betting and lotteries. As a result, by the end of 2013, only two companies were
licensed for online gambling: the sports betting monopolys Maltese
company Eurofootball Limited and the state owned lottery and tote Bulgarian
So the government decided to revise
the gambling laws again, a practice deployed every few years. Just before the
end of 2013, the Bulgarian parliament passed the state gaming law changes which
reduced the tax rate to 20% of GGY/rake. The effects of the lower taxes will be
seen in the coming months. But the change in tax base has already spurred
PokerStars and Betfair to make licence applications. Other companies are also
said to have shown renewed interest in the market now the tax is going to be
based on GGY rather than handle.
In Croatia online
gambling has great potential, but its size is limited due to the legislative
barriers of entry. The 2010 law changes allowed online gambling for the first
time, but only for the existing land based operators and for the games of the
same type as the ones offered in land based venues (so bookmakers can offer
only betting, casinos only casino games and the state lottery both plus lottery
games, same as in bricks and mortar establishments). The law came into effect
in 2010, when Croatia was not part of the EU, but with EU entry taking place on
1 July 2013 the requirement for existing local, land-based operations seems
incompatible with EU regulations. The annual licence fee is set to HRK 3m
(around 400,000), which is three times more than for retail betting and
six times more than for a casino.
As a result of these regulatory
requirements, four years after the market was liberalised, only five out of
nine bookmakers are using the Internet channel, including the lottery, which
also conducts sports betting. The lottery is also offering lottery games over
the Internet. There are still no operators of Internet casino games, even
though Croatia has 13 casino concessionaires plus the lottery.
Despite its small population of only
4.2 million people, Croatia could potentially be a lucrative market for
Internet operators due to high propensity to gamble. The leading bookmaker had
nearly 40% of its total betting handle coming from the Internet only 15 months
after it was launched. At the end of 2012, a little over two years after the
launch, the Croatian Lotterys Internet lottery sales accounted for 5% of
total lottery sales, but the Internet accounted for as much as 35% of the total
betting handle. By now the leading Croatian bookmaker is seeing well over 50%
of turnover coming from the Internet. It would be interesting to see some
statistics on casino games, but so far only the Lottery seems interested in
launching an Internet casino, but it keeps getting postponed.
Another example is
Montenegro, a tiny country with only 600,000 inhabitants.
Montenegro allowed Internet gambling as far back as 2004, one of the first
countries in the region to do so. But the small size of the market coupled with
a modest infrastructure in this mostly mountainous country sparked no interest
from online or existing land based operators. So in 2011 the authorities
decided to amend the law. But after two years of working on the new law, the
draft legislation was abandoned, due to lack of consensus among various
parties. It was then agreed that it will be left to the operators to propose
the initial draft of the law, which was due by mid-2013. Based on previous
experience we do not expect the new law to be in force before 2015.
allowed Internet gambling from an early stage, but decided to go down the route
of being an Internet gambling hub, forbidding licensees from targeting the
local population. No operators applied for a licence, but years passed by
before the authorities decided to amend the law to make licensing more
The new law, passed in 2011,
originally allowed targeting of both local and foreign players, but the
operator had to have a company registered locally. The licensing fee was set to
50,000, while the tax was set to 0.5% of handle.
But in 2012 the government approved
amendments to the law to give the new state lottery exclusive rights to
organise Internet gambling. The lottery was allowed to offer lottery games,
casino and sports betting online. In summer 2013 the lottery published a tender
for a stake in a joint venture, which will allow the successful bidder to
operate VLTs and Internet gambling. Casinos Austria International was selected
to hold a 49% stake in the JV, with the aim to start blocking foreign websites
and offering Internet gambling in H1 2014.
In the ethnically divided
Bosnia and Herzegovina there are three gambling laws, each
ruling over one entity or a de facto entity. Only Republika Srpska allows
Internet gambling. Licence fees are set to BAM 200k (100,000) and the
licences are valid for five years. The tax is set to 5% of GGY and another 5%
of tax/rake is paid for casino games. The first operator launched Internet
gambling in January 2011, consisting of sports betting and casino games. The
company also operates land based betting shops and slot halls. It targets not
only its citizens, but also citizens from other entities and other countries.
It is estimated that only about 15% of its players are from Republika Srpska.
Another bookmaker launched online betting recently, but the players have to
open an account and deposit money in a land based betting shop before they can
drafting a new law, which also allowed Internet gambling for private operators,
in 2011. Previously only the state lottery was allowed to operate online. The
law came into force at the end of 2011, but sub-legal regulations were
completed only in August 2013, allowing for issuance of licenses. The law sets
the taxes to reasonable 5% of GGY for non-betting and 15% of GGY for betting.
As of early 2014, three bookmakers are offering Internet betting, but players
are required to deposit and withdraw funds at land based shops.
So, to sum up, over
the six countries detailed above, only 12 operators are active over the
Internet with a local licence. As some of these countries have had Internet
regulations in place for a number of years, the market should have been well
developed by now, but this has not been the case. Croatia is the most advanced
country in the region when it comes to Internet gambling, but high licensing
fees are still hindering its growth. As most of Eastern Europe has a high
propensity to gamble, this might be an good market for foreign operators
willing to tackle the problems the industry is facing, especially those
stemming from slow regulatory changes.
GBGC provides top flight
consultancy services, data and publications for the global gambling industry.
We look at all segments from the traditional land based business of casino,
bingo, sports betting and lotteries to the new vibrant and rapidly growing on
line gambling business. GBGC has helped governments develop their policy toward
gambling, companies with their corporate strategies, investment banks and
private equity with their due diligence and served some of the major
consultancies with the flow of data about the gambling business.
GBGC has completed six assignments
for governments including Botswana where we have advised the government on the
implementation of its new Gambling Laws.
The government of Malta, where GBGC
produced the concept for Malta to become the most successful online gambling
destination. GBGC has also completed contracts with the regional Government of
Lagos, Nigeria and two projects for the Isle of Man Government. GBGC have
undertaken assignments for UBS, Dresdner Kleinwort, Charterhouse Development
Capital, Stanley Leisure plc, General Atlantic Partners, William Hill plc,
Ladbrokes plc and GTECH.
Veikkaus Profit Increased by 506.3 Million in 2013, Digital Sales
Account for More Than a Third of Sales
VEIKKAUS, Finland (February 12,
2014) - For Oy Veikkaus Ab,
the Finnish National Lottery, 2013 was another year of success. Turnover went
up to EUR 1 858,4 million, an increase of 4.6%. In addition to which Veikkaus
attained a record-high profit, EUR 506 million, an increase of 1.1%.
"Veikkauksen performance and
improved cost-effectiveness in a challenging environment. At the same time, we
developed our business more responsibly and reliably, with special attention to
the prevention of gambling addiction and the introduction of a strong, bank
identifiers based on the so-called Tupas identification," says CEO Juha
Veikkaus registered players
increased by 1,538,000 (5.1%). Registered players share of net sales was 53.7%.
Digital sales rose for the first time in more than a third of our total sales
(36.3%). Mobile channel digital sales accounted for over 10 per cent. Pot
Sports net sales totalled 797.0 million (-1.2%), daily games 657.4
million (10.1%) and sports games 403.9 million. million (8.5%).
Growth was strongest in the digital
channel eArpojen and event-time of Live Betting popularity. eArvat attracted
69.8 million (51.3%) and Live Betting 18.1 million (74.9%) of
Eurojackpot achieved its first full
year of operation, 106.4 million (76.2%) of turnover.
Return to players (prizes)
1,022.5 million (7.6%). The cost of lottery tax was 99.8 million
Betting is not liable to tax, and
therefore not been able to reduce the supply and palveluostoihinsa included in
the value-added tax.
Veikkaus paid value added tax
totalling 21.9 million (1.9%). Betting in 2014, the year before seeking a
better result in the challenging business environment, and in spite of stricter
"We believe that the dedicated
work of game catalog and reforms to guarantee a stable revenue recognition
Veikkaus beneficiaries of the changing business environment," says Juha
For more information CONTACT: CEO
Juha Koponen, via communications, p.020 750 6355 or Communications and
Responsibility, Pekka Ilmivalta, tel 020 750 7314.
SOURCE: Oy Veikkaus Ab press
Caixa Loterias Report Sales Increase of 8.82% in
CAIXA Lotteries Have
Record Revenue of More Than R$ 11 Billion (US$4.5 billion) in 2013
BRAZIL (February 17, 2014) -- The
sale of Caixa Economica Federal Lotteries reached R$11.4 billion (US$4.7
billion) in the year 2013. This is an increase of 8.82% over 2012, when sales
reached R $10.4 billion (US$4.6 billion), representing a new record in the
history of lotteries in Brazil.
Among the Lottery products,
Mega-Sena was responsible for 41.50% of revenue, followed by Lotofácil,
which accounted for 26.14%, and Quina, with 16.97% of the total collected.
Vice President for Funds Government
and Lotteries, Fabio Cleto, said CAIXA Lotteries are an important source of
resources for social development in Brazil.
"In addition to millionaires
awards, last year nearly R $ 5.4 billion (U.S. $ 2.2 billion) went to social
programs of the Federal Government, in priority areas for the country, such as
education, culture, sport and security," he said.
Of the amount raised by Federal
Lotteries, almost 48% is allocated to social-lending. In 2013, there was an
increase of 10.02% compared with the transfers made in 2012. Results and
Prospects In 2013, CAIXA Lotteries implemented various innovations in the draws
In March, the first themed drawing
competition was launched, Lotomania of Páscoa, which offered a major
prize of R $41.2 million (US$17 million).
CAIXA also introduced the third
weekly draw mode 'Timemania,' which now takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Saturdays. "The year 2013 was also the year of consolidation option listed
betting - Bolão and other competitions CAIXA specials - Lotofácil
of Independencia, Quina de São João and Mega da Tack , in its
fifth year raised over R$758.2 million (US$314.5 million),"said the Vice
President. Fabio Cleto
The year 2014 presents many
challenges and brings also good prospects for further strengthening services
for Lotteries. Among several new features planned is the expansion of the sale
of lotteries on the Internet for all gamblers, launching a new product and
enhancements to existing patterns of lotteries. These actions related to the
expansion of the network of outlets planned for this year, will help to
SOURCE: Caixa Economica Federal
Lotteries press release.
Idaho Lottery Turns 25, Offers Special
BOISE, Idaho (February 19, 2014) --
The Idaho Lottery is
commemorating twenty-five years of success with the debut of their special
edition, commemorative 25th Anniversary ticket, a new Scratch GameTM that
features a top prize of $250,000. Todays announcement starts a five month
long campaign to celebrate the Idaho Lotterys twenty-fifth year of
The success of the Lottery
over the past two-and-a-half decades has been truly remarkable,
stated Jeff Anderson,
Idaho Lottery Director. To be approaching two-thirds of a billion
dollars in returned dividends to the public schools and permanent buildings of
Idaho in just twenty-five years has certainly exceeded the expectations of
those who created the Lottery back in 1989.
The Idaho Lottery sold their first
$1 Scratch ticket, Idaho Match 3, to Idaho billionaire J.R. Simplot during a
ceremony on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol on July 19, 1989. Since that
time, the Idaho Lottery has generated over $2.5 billion in revenue through an
extensive network of 1,150 retail locations state wide.
In twenty-five years, the Idaho
Lottery has awarded more than $1.5 billion in player prizes, paid over $148.2
million in retailer commissions, and returned over $600.5 million in dividends
to the Idaho Public School Building account and the Idaho State Permanent
Our 25th Anniversary game
is all about the 25s described Anderson. In addition to the
two top prizes worth $250,000 each, this game features a lot of $250 and $2,500
prizes, plus a second chance prize worth $25,000. Its really a thank you
to our players, our retail partners, and our beneficiaries.
For a limited edition print run of
only 600,000 tickets, the new $25, 25th Anniversary Scratch Game goes on sale
Wednesday and carries two top prizes of $250,000. The game, printed on shiny,
holographic paper, has over $11 million in prizes.
To further enhance this years
celebration, beginning on March 25, 2014, and the 25th of each month thereafter
until shortly after the Lotterys celebration date on July 19, 2014, the
Lottery will be awarding a monthly lucky player with a prize of $2,500.
Players wishing to participate in
the second chance draw may enter their alphanumeric code from the front of
their 25th Anniversary ticket on the Idaho Lotterys website at
www.idaholottery.com. When the game officially ends, the Lottery will hold a
second chance draw for all the entries and award one lucky player $25,000.
To all our players and all
our retail partners, thank you. I hope all of Idaho will take a moment to join
us in celebrating twenty-five great years of entertainment from your Idaho
Lottery, added Anderson. And please, when you play, please
do so responsibly.
About The Idaho Lottery
The Idaho Lottery responsibly
provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions,
Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the
dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund.
Since their inception in 1989, the
Idaho Lottery has sold over $2.5 billion in products, awarded over $1.5 billion
in prizes to players, returned more than $148.2 million in retail commissions,
and distributed $600.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and
the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit:
SOURCE: Idaho Lottery.
Luck Will Find You! Lottery Introduces Edgy California Black
Exclusive Scratchers® Game
SACRAMENTO, California (February 14,
2014) -- Lady Luck is back and shes on the hunt again, this time
looking to award Californians with two dozen life-changing top prizes of $1
million each. Yes, were talking potentially seven figures for a $10
investment on the Lotterys latest Scratchers game, California Black
And wait until you see it! Its
unlike any of our wide variety of games currently on the market. Whereas most
tickets feature bright colors and sparkly patterns this $10 game is deep
black with a touch of gold. We know the color black is steeped with imagery,
including sophistication and mystery. Consumers who have seen the ticket are
taking note. They describe the 8x4-sized Scratchers ticket as bold,
elegant and mischievous. The $1 million prize is certainly enticing.
The last time we introduced
our California Black Scratchers game, it sold extremely well,
said Russ Lopez, California Lottery Deputy Director of Corporate
Communications. Players loved the look, feel and most importantly
all of the prizes! We are confident this new exclusive
ticket will do just as well.
If youre hoping this game is
as easy to play as it is fun to hold youre in luck! Just match any
of YOUR NUMBERS to any of the six WINNING NUMBERS and
win that prize. Uncover a 10X symbol to automatically win 10 times
that prize. Uncover a 20X symbol to automatically win 20 times that
prize. Uncover a WIN symbol and win all 20 prizes automatically!
See more here.
The odds of winning the $1 million
top prize are 1 in 1.2 million. The odds of winning any of the other cash
prizes, from $10 up to $20,000, are 1 in 4.11. Dont forget, every
non-winning ticket can be entered into our 2nd Chance program for another try
at becoming Californias latest millionaire!
And thats not all! Were
adding even more excitement by giving players an extra 2nd Chance code to win
$1 million in cash during our End of Game Draw! On the back of every California
Black Exclusive ticket is a QR (Quick Response) code. Its a portal to
Lady Lucks Challenge our new exclusive online match game that
challenges your memory. There you can enter your 2nd Chance code from your
non-winning California Black Exclusive ticket to get a bonus code.
Also, if you need a refresher on
what Lady Luck looks like, check her out in the flesh in the hipCalifornia
Black Exclusive Scratchers television spot. Its airing this month in
major markets throughout the state.
California Black Exclusive $10
Scratchers are now available at more than 21,000 participating Lottery retail
locations throughout the state. Remember, luck can strike anywhere any
The game is part of the
Lotterys continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners
and earn more money for California public schools.
This past fiscal year, the sale of
Lottery products generated $1.28 billion for students the 13th
consecutive year more than a billion dollars was distributed to public schools
throughout the state. Although a modest amount once divided between 1,600
public school districts, teachers and administrators count on their funds to
continue critical learning programs, purchase equipment and even pay teacher
The mission of the California
Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while
simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 95 cents of every dollar
spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of
contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation.
The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their
budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you
can get help at: 1-800-GAMBLER.
SOURCE: California Lottery.
Czech Lottery to Enter Mobile Market with New Numerical
SAZKA Launch Mobile
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (February 14,
2014) Sazka on this
day will enter the market of mobile operators with the brand SAZKAmobil and
also unveil a new numerical lottery offered by SAZKAmobil that extends the
family of games offered by the largest Czech company. From 18th February
customers will be able to buy "happy" SIM cards at all points of sale that
offer Sazka lottery or online on the Internet.
"The Sazka brand is strong,
credible and has a long tradition. Tradition is not enough, we as a parlay, we
look to the future, and therefore we are continually expanding our range of
services. The mobile operator is an important step for the further expansion of
the brand Sazka, "says Robert Chvatal, CEO bets.
SAZKAmobilu Customers will be able
to recharge at least 300 crowns per month calls for 1.50 CZK / min., Send SMS
for CZK 1.30 to all networks.
The advantage of the mobile offering
through the Sazka Lottery is the wide network of branches, which includes a
score of 6 900 sales points, where you can not only buy a prepaid SIM card, but
also top up and play. It will also be available to customers with a free info
line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
"When you recharge SAZKAmobilu on
our terminals you may also be included in the straight bet among others, the
last five digits of the phone number for inclusion in the game of chance
SAZKAmobil. Bettors can thus choose a lucky number just your mobile number. We
believe that how one remembers their mobile number, so Easy to play,
"explains plans Sazky CEO Robert Chvatal.
To draw new games SAZKAmobil chance
can join anyone who fills out a ticket with five numbers for 20 crowns. Two
raffle draws will be held on the first Monday of the month and broadcast on
CT1. Do SAZKAmobil chances but all can participate fully and to bet on any five
numbers for 20 crowns.
CONTACT: Václav Friedmann,
Sazka spokesman, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 774351554.
New Mexico Lottery Board Interviews CEO Candidates, Extends
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (February
14, 2014) -- The New Mexico
Lottery board of directors today interviewed candidates for the position of
chief executive officer and voted to offer the position to Interim CEO David
If Barden accepts the boards
offer, compensation would be subject to contract negotiation.
We interviewed four
exceptional candidates and each one could provide the leadership and innovation
that the New Mexico Lottery needs in an entertainment marketplace where players
have lots of choices, said Dan Salzwedel, chairman of the
lotterys board of directors.
In the end, we
selected David Barden because we believe he has the ability to hit the ground
running and to make high-impact changes that will result in a higher profile
for the lottery, better sales and more revenue for the Legislative Lottery
Leading the New Mexico
Lottery is an exciting opportunity for the exact reason that theres so
much potential for the New Mexico Lottery to do more, David Barden
The board hired Barden as the
lotterys interim CEO on December 4. Bardens work experience
includes serving as vice president of the Arkansas Lottery Commission between
2009 and 2011 and as senior attorney and then director of marketing and product
development for the South Carolina Education Lottery from 2001 to 2009.
Barden graduated with a
bachelors degree in political science from the University of South
Carolina and a juris doctor degree from the Ohio Northern School of Law.
He is married and has two children.
Salzwedel said the board received 20
resumes from which it selected 10 finalists and ultimately interviewed four
candidates. The four candidates completed background
investigations. The boards decision to offer the position to Barden
The other three candidates
were: John A. Martin, assistant director for lottery and executive staff
at the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency; Dale McDonnell, a lottery
industry consultant and former assistant director and general counsel at the
Minnesota State Lottery; and Tom Trella, director of portfolio strategy and
analysis at the Connecticut Lottery Corporation.
The New Mexico Lottery has 55
employees. In FY 2013, the Legislative Lottery Scholarship program
received a record $43.7 million from net ticket sales of $141.8 million.
Legislative Lottery Scholarships
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 $593.4 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
More information about Legislative
Lottery Scholarships is available at:
Follow the New Mexico Lottery on
Facebook (www.facebook.com/nmlottery) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/NewMexicoLottery).
Communications Office, (505) 342-7616 / (800) 642-6689, ext. 7616 Email:
SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.
Lotería Nacional Completes Its 2013 "Lottery Action"
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (February
14, 2014) - Lotería Nacional de Beneficencia, The National Lottery of El
Salvador (LNB), presented medical equipment to various hospitals in the
country, valued at $23,483.49, completing the final delivery of donations
scheduled for 2013, for its "Lottery Action" program.
"This day we are delivering to
five (5) hospitals premier medical equipment, including: fetal monitors,
aneroid sphygmomanometers, electrocardiographs, to assist in expanding services
to the thousands of users of the network of public health."
"With this release, we ended the
year with an investment in charities that exceed $300,000."
"This is a result of the sale of
tickets which allowed us to reach more than 60 public and private institutions
across the country, especially the Progress territories, nursing homes and
children's homes." "were the words of the speech of Mr. Rogelio Fonseca,
President of the LNB.
"The population identifies with
the role of the LNB in its Charities work, the public should think that is
contributing to social improvement of the people and why the people have a
special affection and love to the Lottery," said the Minister of Health Dr.
Maria Isabel Rodriguez.
This event was carried out at the
premises of the Ministry of Health at 9:00 am with the presence of the Minister
of Health, National Director of Hospitals and the President of LNB.
SOURCE: National Lottery of El
Gaming Regulator Reminds Licensees on Requirements for Holding
BRISBANE, Qld., Australia (February
14, 2014) --Following an investigation by the
Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS)
this is a timely reminder for all licensees of the legal requirements for the
conduct of casino-type games, such as poker tournaments, held on licensed
OLGR and QPS recently received
inquiries about planned poker tournaments to be conducted in association with a
Brisbane tourist operator. The planned tournaments were subsequently cancelled
by the licensee following investigations into alleged unlawful gambling.
In Queensland poker involving
gambling is only lawful in one of the State's four casinos under the Casino
Control Act 1982. Poker which is played outside of a licensed casino and in a
public place may constitute an unlawful game under the Criminal Code 1899.
There are exceptions when poker can
be played in public, however. The poker tournament (or game) must be free to
enter and free to play. Some tournament operators, while not charging an entry
fee, allow 'chipping up' whereby additional tokens or betting chips are
provided if participants purchase alcoholic beverages during the course of a
tournament. This is unlawful, as there is an indirect cost being charged for
persons to participate in the poker game.
At times, OLGR receives complaints
about the conduct of unlawful games allegedly occurring on licensed premises.
These matters are reported directly to the police and if charges are made under
the Criminal Code against the licensees concerned, OLGR can give consideration
to conducting its own inquiries. It is possible that a breach of the Liquor Act
1992 may have occurred under section 151A (Betting on licensed premises).
Poker games which are played between
friends at a private residence are considered lawful, on the proviso that the
total amount bet on each game is received by the player with the winning hand
and players are not charged a fee to participate.
For additional information, please
see the OLGR website page Poker tournaments/funny money nights, listed under
SOURCE: Office of Liquor and Gaming
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New Jersey Lottery Turns Trash Into Cash with the Million Dollar
Million Dollar Replay Winners
TRENTON, New Jersey (February
14, 2014) New Jersey
Lottery held the Grand Prize Drawing of the 2013 Million Dollar Replay
program and announced the winners of the top prizes including the $1,000,000
The drawing is a culmination of the
year-long program that provides instant ticket game players with the
opportunity to turn their non-winning tickets into a second opportunity to win
big money. There is one lucky $1,000,000 Grand Prize winner along with two
$100,000 winners, three $50,000 winners, four $25,000 winners, and five $10,000
winners. All of the other finalists receive a $250 consolation prize.
The year-long Million Dollar Replay
program offers players a second chance to win one of 15 top cash prizes by
entering eligible, non-winning tickets that, prior to the initiation of the
program, were simply thrown in the trash. Instant game players have the
opportunity to win the Grand Prize Drawing by entering into one or more of the
quarterly semi-finalist drawings. The quarterly drawing winners then populate
the finalist pool for the grand prize drawing.
Each entry into the Million Dollar
Replay program requires $10 in non-winning instant game tickets, that are
included in the games eligible list posted on the Lottery website. The $10
amount may be accumulated by combining tickets with purchase prices ranging
from $1 up to $20. The New Jersey Lottery received more than 7.4 million
entries into the 2013 program for the four quarters of the program.
Carole Hedinger, Executive Director,
says, This is the third year the Million Dollar Replay program has
provided New Jersey Lottery non-winning players with the opportunity to win
big. It is a wonderful way for the Lottery to show its players how important
they are to us. This year, we filmed the live drawing to allow the public an
inside view of the detailed process and excitement. The video will be available
next week for viewing on our Facebook page and You Tube Channel.
The Million Dollar Replay program is
comprised of four quarterly drawings held at Lottery headquarters at which 100
finalists are selected. The 400 finalists are then included in the Grand Prize
drawing, all of whom receive a minimum $250 consolation prize.
The Grand Prize distribution for the
Million Dollar Replay program is as follows: one $1 million winner, two
$100,000 winners, three $50,000 winners, four $25,000 winners, and five $10,000
New Jersey Lottery players can enter
the current 2014 Million Dollar Replay program by joining the free New Jersey
Lottery VIP Club accessible from the NJLottery.net website.
Once a VIP Club member, players are
qualified to enter their non-winning, eligible, instant game ticket numbers
into the drawing. The current quarterly drawing entry period will end on March
31, 2014 with the drawing being held on or about April 3, 2014.
Please forward to the New Jersey
website to view Winners List.
About the New Jersey Lottery
Since its inception in 1970, the New
Jersey State Lottery NJLottery.net has contributed over $20 billion to State
education and institutions. The New Jersey Lottery saved taxpayers over $930
million in fiscal year 2011 by returning game proceeds to important educational
programs and State-run facilities. More than six thousand businesses throughout
the Garden State prosper from their partnership with the New Jersey Lottery.
Among the Lottery's beneficiaries are: veterans homes, community and other
colleges and universities, school nutrition programs, homes for the
developmentally disabled, psychiatric hospitals, higher education scholarship
programs and the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf.
SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.
Florida Lottery Sets New Record for Weekly Scratch-Off
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (February 17,
2014) -- The weather is great in Florida and the sun isn't the only thing
shining, Florida Lottery
sales are increasing right along with the temperature. The Florida Lottery
announced today that sales of Scratch-Off tickets exceeded $78.5 million last
week, an all-time record. The newest record breaks the previous sales mark by
$4.5 million, reached the first week of March 2013. Florida Lottery's
Scratch-Off sales have also surpassed the New York Lottery, the highest-selling
U.S. lottery, the past four consecutive weeks.
"Twenty-one Florida Lottery games
had sales of more than $1 million last week," said Florida Lottery
"This is good news across the
board because higher sales result in more winners, increased commissions for
retailers and more revenue generated for Florida's students and
The Florida Lottery newest $25
Scratch-Off game, 100X THE CASH, led the Scratch-Off game sales, exceeding $15
million in sales last week. The $20 GOLD RUSH TRIPLER Scratch-Off game followed
closely behind with more than $9.5 million in sales.
Terminal game sales are also
contributing to the Lottery's bottom line, as both multi-state jackpot games
continue to roll over, creating hundred-million-dollar jackpots. The Lottery
has been averaging more than $100 million in total sales every week for the
past seven weeks.
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 Florida's
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
For more information, please visit:
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
European Lotteries Association Welcomes the European Parliament
Report on Anti-Money Laundering Directive Which Allows for Appropriate Control
of All Gambling Activities
BRUSSELS, Belgium (February 20,
2014) -- Today, the European Parliament committees on Economic and Monetary
Affairs (ECON) and Civil Liberties (LIBE) adopted their joint report on the
European Commission proposal for a revision of the Anti-Money Laundering
European Lotteries Association (EL) has consistently called
for the extension of the Anti-Money Laundering Directives scope to all
forms of gambling: given the high financial flows inherent to any gambling
activity, it is an area with a high vulnerability to fraud and money laundering
where not regulated appropriately, or where the existing regulation is not
We had called unambiguously for an extension of the scope of the
Directive to all forms of gambling. We today welcome the further important step
taken by the European Parliament to ensure an appropriate application of the
controls on the specific activity that is gambling, thereby allowing Member
States to apply the Directive to its full potential.
EL today strongly supports the
specification brought by the European Parliament of the specific forms of due
diligence that should apply: for forms of gambling beyond casinos and online
gambling, the controls should apply on the winnings above a threshold of 2 000
EUR. This specification rightly addresses the specific risk that can lie in the
potential fraud with winnings and takes into consideration European customer
EL points out that the control on
winnings for certain forms of gambling is already in place in a number of
Member States and has proven to be adequate. EL therefore calls on the Council
to now follow the lead of the European Parliament and also provide for this
efficient and adapted way of extending the Directive to all forms of gambling.
EL takes note of the fact that the
European Parliament supports the possibility for Member States to exempt forms
of gambling, following a risk assessment. However, EL considers that the
provision as adopted in ECON and LIBE today, whereby Member States need to seek
the approval from the European Commission, goes beyond the necessary and
sufficient guarantees of control of national implementations already provided
in the Directive and undermines the subsidiarity principle as consistently
referred to in the CJEU jurisprudence on gambling. EL therefore hopes this
point will be clarified further in the dialogue between the European
Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the Directive.
It is expected that the European
Parliament plenary will confirm the position adopted by the LIBE and ECON
committees in April in order to start discussions with the Council.
For further information please
CONTACT: Friedrich Stickler, EL President and Board member, Austrian Lotteries,
Tel. +43.1.79070.1300, Email:
email@example.com or Jutta Buyse, EL General
Delegate, Brussels, Tel: + 32.(0)188.8.131.52, Email:
European Lotteries Association
European Lotteries (EL) is the
European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance
for the public benefit. EL has members from 46 European countries including all
28 EU Member States. The associations EU members contribute more than 20
billion p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture,
social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many
commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and
betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the
respective national government.
SOURCE: European Lotteries