GTECH Sign Long-Term Contract Extension with the National
Lotteries Control Board in Trinidad and Tobago
ROME (Italy) - PROVIDENCE (Rhode
Island), (April 17, 2014) -- GTECH S.p.A. announced that its subsidiary GTECH Latin
America Corporation has signed a seven-year contract extension to continue
providing lottery technology and marketing services for the National Lotteries
Control Board (NLCB) of Trinidad and Tobago. The seven-year term will
automatically extend for an additional three-year period through March 11,
The NLCB is the exclusive lottery
operator in Trinidad and Tobago, with GTECH as its sole lottery technology
provider since 1993. This is the fifth extension of the original contract
to be awarded to GTECH.
Over the past four years,
NLCB's total lottery sales have grown nearly 40%, mainly driven by the
development and optimization of its portfolio suite of games, including new
games and features, a new game matrix, and promotions for players. In
particular, the NLCB saw its instants portfolio grow by more than 50% in the
past three years alone, with the introduction of new products, games, and price
points, said GTECH Americas President and CEO Jaymin B. Patel.
Going forward, we will continue working closely with the NLCB to bring
more new games and marketing initiatives to the local market to further
increase sales, maximizing the NLCBs contribution for Sports and Culture
Under the terms of the extension,
GTECH will replace the current central system with its Enterprise Series
solution, specifically tailored to offer a best practices technology approach
to support the NCLBs successful business plan with the flexible tools
needed to increase sales.
GTECHs Altura® GT1200
terminals will replace the NLCBs existing terminals and will serve to
expand the retailer base from 900 to 1,200.
In addition, the Company will
deliver 500 Ticket-Scan® Plus machines, GTECHs self-service ticket
checkers allowing players secure access when identifying winning tickets;
deploy its ES MultiMedia technology that will allow NLCB to manage, distribute,
and display multimedia content such as games, advertising, transactions, and
messaging through a single point of control; and install its Gemini®
Lottery Vending Machines for draw-based and instant-ticket games.
The NLCB is also receiving 250 Keno
monitors. GTECH will continue to operate and maintain the communications
network, provide field service support, retailer training, and marketing
support. Instant-ticket services, including printing, warehousing, and
distribution, will also continue under the contract extension.
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 Milan
Stock Exchange under the trading symbol GTK and is majority owned
by De Agostini S.p.A. In 2013, GTECH had approximately 3.1 billion in
revenues and 8,600 employees in approximately 60 countries. For more
information, please visit: www.gtech.com.
For further information CONTACT:
Robert K. Vincent
T. (+1) 401 392 7452
T. (+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
Double Achievement: Maltco Lotteries Receives WLA and EL
Certifications on Responsible Gaming
MALTA (April 24, 2014) --
Maltco Lotteries Ltd. has
recently added two major milestones to its portfolio, whereby it was accredited
with the highest level of Responsible Gaming Certification (Level 4) by the
World Lottery Association
(WLA); and also received the Responsible Gaming Certification from the
European Lotteries (EL)
Association, the two leading Lottery Associations worldwide with more than
100 International Members being affiliated to them.
"We are very proud in Maltco to
achieve this double certification. This is a great achievement for our company,
being the first ever local company to achieve such prestigious certifications,
while it is also a distinction for the whole country," commented Maltco's
CEO, Dr. Ioannis Katakis. "With such an important accreditation, Malta
through Maltco Lotteries will make a global impact and will gain an excellent
reputation on an international scale."
"Responsible gaming is an
integral part of the INTRALOT Group policy and Maltco as a member of the Group
is indeed very happy to adhere the responsible gaming practices in order to
offer to our players exciting, but at the same time secure gaming
experiences", he added.
Mr. Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, President
of the WLA, added that: "This is indeed an accomplishment for the company
who has been certified with a level 4 certification, being the highest level
that a lottery can attain in this certification".
The President of EL,
Stickler, commented: "Being recognized by the European Lotteries on such
an important subject is indeed a huge landmark not only for Maltco Lotteries
but also for Malta. I congratulate all the Maltco's team for the hard work they
have put towards this project".
Maltco was audited by an
international audit firm who found the company to be aligned with all the
requirements to acquire these certifications. The company reaffirmed that
whilst wanting players to entertain themselves, it also encourages them
regularly to play in a very responsible way.
On behalf of Maltco Lotteries Ltd.
Dr. Ioannis Katakis thanked both the WLA and the EL for this recognition and
committed to further enhance the company's dedication to the responsible gaming
The EL official Certification
ceremony will be held next June in Lisbon, during the EL Industry Days, whilst
the WLA official Certification will be held in Rome, on the framework of the
World Lottery Summit, next November.
About Maltco Lotteries Ltd
Maltco Lotteries Ltd, subsidiary of
the INTRALOT Group, established in 2004 is the exclusive Operator of the
National Lottery Games and Additional Games for Malta. It is fully regulated
and licensed by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority. Innovation, dedication,
responsible gaming and good practices place Maltco amongst the top Companies in
Malta. The company offers secure and reliable numeric and sports games to its
players. The games are offered through all Maltco Lotteries' dedicated points
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 57 jurisdictions, more than 5.700
people and revenues of 1,54 billion for 2013, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scientific Games Sign Instant Game Contract with La Francaise des
NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 21, 2014) --
Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) today announced that the Company has signed a
contract with La Francaise des
Jeux ("FDJ"), the operator of the French National Lottery. Scientific
Games will continue to be the primary supplier of instant games to FDJ, the
second largest instant game lottery in the world.
Scientific Games supplies a
significant share of FDJ's instant game portfolio, including some of its top
performing games, such as the number one selling 5 Cash game. In
addition to these strong core games, Scientific Games was also awarded FDJ's
10 Millionnaire game, the only 10 instant game presently on the
market in France.
The three-year contract, which began
on January 1, 2014, was awarded to the Company following a competitive
procurement process, based on the ability to deliver economic performance as
well as quality, high-level physical security, information security that meets
ISO 27001 standards, and environmental standards, including the use of
This contract includes options for
the Lottery to extend the contract for three additional one-year periods.
Revenue to Scientific Games will continue to be on a price-per-unit basis.
"FDJ is a valued and long-term
partner and this is an extremely positive achievement for Scientific
Games," said Jim Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Group Chief Executive
of Lottery. "It confirms our position as the number one instant game
supplier for FDJ."
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:
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Washingtons Lottery Award New Six-Year Contract to Pollard
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (April 23, 2014)
-- Pollard Banknote Limited
(TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is pleased to announce that it has
secured a six-year secondary contract to supply instant scratch tickets and
related services to Washingtons Lotterya new lottery client for the
company. The award is the result of a competitive procurement process and
includes an option to extend the contract for up to four additional years in
any number of extensions.
The sale of instant scratch tickets
accounted for more than half of the Lotterys total revenues for fiscal
Through this new partnership,
Pollard Banknote will help the Lottery further increase player engagement by
introducing new and innovative products to its customers.
"We are very excited to begin
working with Washingtons Lottery for the first time in our companys
history, said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard
Banknote, adding that: by securing this new contract, the Lottery
demonstrates its confidence in our ability to offer the latest innovations to
help maximize proceeds for the wide-ranging education programs it supports. We
look forward to helping the Lottery creatively respond to changes in both the
lottery industry and the Washington marketplace with exciting leading-edge
innovations that have broad appeal.
About Washingtons Lottery
Created in 1982, Washington's
Lottery was established to generate revenues for state programs through the
sale of lottery products, including draw-based and instant games.
The Washington Opportunity Pathways
Account (WOPA) is the primary beneficiary of the Lottery. In 2013 it received
$115.6 million in proceeds to support education programs and scholarships.
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote 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
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 family 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: www.pollardbanknote.com.
For More Information CONTACT:
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.
Carmanah Signs Seek a European-Based Sales Executive for Lottery
Director of Sales - Europe.
Summary: Carmanah Signs Inc, the leading
supplier of LED Digital Signs to the Gaming industry, is proud to count the
world's major lottery and casino brands among its customer base.
Gaming division of STRATACACHE Inc, Carmanah is expanding its European sales
operations by creating a Director of Sales - Europe position.
Headquartered in Calgary, Canada,
Carmanah is a highly recognized vendor in the global lottery industry. Carmanah
is an associate member of the World
Lottery Association, European
Lottery Association, North
American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries and Association of
Gaming Equipment Manufacturers.
In November 2013, Carmanah was
acquired by STRATACACHE Inc, a world leader in all aspects of digital signage.
Based in Dayton, Ohio, USA,
STRATACACHE provides scalable, high performance digital signage, content
distribution and video acceleration technologies to major brands and
large-scale retailers on four continents.
Carmanah is now adding STRATACACHE's
digital signage products and services to its own proven digital & LED
signage capabilities in order to offer the global lottery market a full suite
The Director of Sales - Europe role
is an ideal opportunity for an energetic individual who enjoys working
independently with the support of a collaborative corporate culture.
The individual should be excited by
the opportunity to take on challenging sales objectives and by the significant
potential impact on the development of Carmanah.
ideal candidate has:
- Minimum 5 years sales and/or business development
experience, preferably to selling technology solutions to the lottery/gaming
markets and/or retail organizations
- Strong communication and language skills (Fluent in
English and one other European language).
- Superior presentation skills
- Experience and demonstrable success in complex
selling environments with many stakeholders and levels of decision makers and
- Ability to identify opportunities and prioritize
activities to focus on those which position Carmanah as ideal choice during all
aspects of the process
- Comfort with long sales cycles, including RFP
- Behavior consistent with an established culture of
customer service, and the ability to nurture customer loyalty and
- Ability to travel throughout Europe on a regular
- Achieve assigned sales revenue, margin and expense
targets in the assigned region
- Research, identify and directly contact all
relevant stake holders and buying decision makers at all levels of influence to
introduce and market Carmanah Signs products
- Effectively manage the entire sales cycle
- Provide required sales progress reports and
- Develop, and add to, existing strong customer
relationships by attending relevant conferences, trade shows, and securing
- Influence and work collaboratively with the design
& engineering team, the manufacturing team and other sales team members to
ensure Carmanah's products and services continue to satisfy customer needs
- Influence and assist with European & global
- Research potential new markets.
The position is currently fulfilled
by Carmanah's Toronto-based VP Sales. The successful candidate will work
closely with the VP Sales who will provide introductions, support and
consultation during the transition phase.
Compensation: Base salary plus commission
dependent upon experience.
To apply for this exciting opportunity please
Massachusetts State Lottery Release $30 Scratch
Millions features over $600 million in cash prizes, including a $15
million top prize the largest instant win prize in Massachusetts history
and second chance opportunities to win up to $1 million!
BOSTON, Massachusetts (April 22,
2014) -- The Massachusetts
Lottery today released a $30 instant scratch ticket that offers
a whopping $15 million top prize the largest instant win prize in the
state Lotterys history.
The new World Class Millions instant
ticket features over $600 million in total prize money, including four $15
million and 36 $1 million immediate scratch and win prizes, as well
as over 1.39 million prizes from $100 to $50,000.
Five $1 million prizes will also be
awarded via the games exciting second-chance drawing program that allows
players to enter their non-winning tickets online for opportunities to win
substantial cash prizes.
With an overall prize payout of 80.7
percent, World Class Millions boasts the highest payout percentage of any game
ever offered by the Massachusetts Lottery.
The chance of winning a prize in the
new game is 1 in 2.81, which is also a Lottery best.
World Class Millions presents its
players with a thrilling opportunity to win up to 30 times on a single ticket.
Each ticket contains 10
Winning Numbers and 30 Your Numbers, each of which
contain 30 prize values. If one or more of the Your Numbers match
the Winning Numbers, the player wins the corresponding amount.
There are also 2X,
5X, 10X, 20X, and 100X symbols
in the Your Numbers spots, which multiplies any winning
combinations, as well as a burst symbol that automatically awards players with
a $100 instant win.
The Massachusetts Lottery introduced
the worlds first instant ticket product, a $1 ticket named The Instant
Game, in May 1974 a move that revolutionized the lottery industry and
established Massachusetts as a lottery innovator. In the 40 years since, the
Massachusetts Lottery has grown to be the worlds leader in instant ticket
sales, generating over $3.34 billion annually.
Until today, the highest-priced
scratch ticket offered in the Bay State was $20; however, the $30 game is not
new to the lottery industry.
Neighbouring states, including
Connecticut which introduced the nations first $30 ticket in 2002, and
New Hampshire which first released a $30 game in 2009, as well as launched a
$25 ticket last month, have long had success with higher-priced games. Several
other states across the nation, including Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, have all added $30 tickets to their instant game
portfolios in recent months. The Texas Lottery offers the nations
top-priced ticket, a $50 game.
With a print run of 25.2 million
tickets, sales from the new $30 World Class Millions game are expected to reach
$756 million and the potential net profit that will be generated is $86.8
Lottery profits are the largest
source of unrestricted local aid for the 351 cities and towns across the
Players can learn more about the
Massachusetts Lotterys new $30 World Class Millions instant ticket and
its exciting second-chance drawings by visiting any of the 7,400 licensed
retail locations across the state or by logging on to the Lotterys
SOURCE: Massachusetts Lottery.
South Dakota Lottery to Launch Second Chance Drawing
PIERRE, South Dakota (April 18,
2014) -- South Dakota instant ticket players who dont win big when first
scratching off their tickets may be luckier the second time around with a new
second chance drawing program being implemented by the
South Dakota Lottery.
Play It Again, which launches April
23, 2014, gives Lottery Players Club members the opportunity to submit certain
non-winning tickets online for second chance drawings to win cash and prizes.
The drawings will be offered for specific scratch ticket games or groups of
games; the first eligible game is $10K Run, a $2 scratch ticket that will be
available in lottery retailers beginning April 23.
Lottery executive director Norm
Lingle says players had long been asking about second chance opportunities and
the Lottery is excited to be providing them through the Play It Again
Many state lotteries have
similar programs through their Players Clubs and have found them to be very
successful for both the lottery and its patrons. Not only do they extend the
life of the game but its an added value feature for the player, too. The
chance for a winning experience doesnt have to end just because the
ticket is a non-winner initially, Lingle said.
To participate in Play It Again, an
individual must be a current Players Club member or join the free club by
registering online at: http://lottery.sd.gov/players/login/.
In addition to providing basic
personal information, members must also create a unique password to access the
Players Club website. Once on the site, they click on Play It Again to enter
numerical information from their non-winning scratch tickets to gain entry into
the second chance drawing. The prizes will vary from drawing to drawing; for
the initial $10K Run drawing, the top prize is $10,000. Players may enter up to
40 eligible tickets in a 24-hour period. Once the ticket information has been
entered into the system, the player is not required to keep the ticket to claim
the prize if randomly chosen as the drawing winner.
The grand prize winner for the first
Play It Again second chance drawing will be drawn on December 18, 2014.
Drawings for other prizes are expected throughout the promotion period.
Information about the program and subsequent drawings will be posted at:
SOURCE: South Dakota Lottery.
Minnesota Lottery Celebrating 25 Years of Play with New Logo and
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (April 17,
2014) -- Today, we kick off the start of our 25th year in operation. Since the
sale of our first scratch ticket, we have provided more than $2.3 billion to
the state of Minnesota and
$5.8 billion in prizes to players.
Were proud to have launched
over 900 scratch games, an assortment of lotto games and second-chance
contests, and hosted countless events around the state.
The first way were celebrating
is with our new logo. While we loved the original, iconic design of our beloved
loon keeping watch over the state, we knew it was time to give him a new, fresh
look that better represented our ever-evolving brand with a modern
If you havent already noticed,
the second way were doing this is with a new website. We think
youll agree the new site is easier to navigate, provides a more efficient
way to check your numbers, and looks beautiful on any devicecomputer,
smartphone, or tablet.
Find out more about our new
But thats not all. Well
be busy this entire year hosting events and promotions all over the state to
celebrate. Of course, youll find us at the Minnesota State Fair, WE Fest,
and the Stone Arch Bridge Festival.
But youll also find us at new
events, including Rock the Garden! Be sure to check out the Contests &
Events page and sign up for our Players Club emails to stay up to date on all
things Minnesota Lottery.
Were excited to celebrate 25
years of play with you and we hope you are too!
SOURCE: Minnesota Lottery.
NASPL's iLottery Game Developers Conference
The NASPL iLottery Game Developers
Conference will educate the lottery industry on new game design concepts and
This premier event will bring a host
of leading iGaming visionaries to the lottery industry for an in-depth two-day
session featuring speakers from outside the lottery industry. This event will
cover the legal, technological, product development and political issues of
Those attending should
- Interactive and informative sessions.
- Great networking opportunities.
- Learn about current and future federal and state
policy addressing digital gambling.
- Learn about the social and economic impacts of
regulated digital gambling.
- The pros and cons of various global regulatory
models and considerations for a potential US model.
- Existing US prohibition and enforcement
- The evolution of gaming products across digital
- Business, political and regulatory perspectives on
the convergence of online and offline gambling.
- Regulatory safeguards, such as age verification,
fraud detection, geo-location and anti-money laundering.
- The debate over state vs. federal policy and
- Examples of regulated US-based Internet
- Responsible Gaming: What are the roles of
government and industry in assuring social responsibility, and how are the
similarities and differences between online and offline behavior addressed?
- Product Managers
- Department Managers
- Anyone in Public Relations, Social Media, I.T.,
Legal and Marketing
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Atlantic Lottery Representative Brings Social Responsibility
Message to Africa
MONCTON (N.B.) (April 17, 2014) --
Kim Wilson, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at
Atlantic Lottery recently
travelled to Senegal to speak at the African Lottery Association annual
conference. Kim spoke as a representative of the
World Lottery Association (WLA)
on the Associations Responsible Gaming Certification Framework.
In 2006, the WLA adopted the
Responsible Gaming Principles and a Responsible Gaming Framework aimed at
protecting lottery players around the world. Four levels of achievement
identify lotteries that have implemented responsible gaming principles into
their day-to-day operations.
The purpose of the trip was to
encourage African lotteries to consider the program and provide guidance for
those who are ready to align their responsible gaming efforts with the WLA
The response was
positive, says Kim. Theres been a great uptake of the
Framework in Canada and Europe and were aiming to broaden the areas where
the Framework is used.
The approach to responsible gaming
varies widely across the African continent, affected by the legal system, the
culture and the environment. While all African lotteries practice some form of
responsible gaming, the Moroccan Lottery is currently the only one to be WLA
The Framework is designed to
complement and improve not replace the safeguards that individual
lottery operators have in place. The focus for the conference was Level 2 of
the Framework where a self-assessment and a gap analysis are required for
The WLA Responsible Gaming
Framework is a flexible solution, so you can apply the principals to your
responsible gambling efforts regardless of the regional or cultural
differences. Kim notes. Weve encouraged African
lotteries to consider the Framework and, as a start, to document their current
responsible gambling efforts.
Response has been positive with
several lotteries requesting additional information and guidance.
Atlantic Lottery was one of the
first lotteries in the world to be awarded the WLA Level 4 Certification in
2010 and was recertified in 2013. Atlantic Lottery is just one of three
lotteries in North America to be recertified.
Atlantic Lottery is publicly owned
by the four Atlantic provinces which means that we return 100% of our
profits to Atlantic Canada. For more information about our company and our
philosophy of making Atlantic Canada a better place, please visit askaway.ca.
For more information, please
CONTACT: Carla Bourque, Email:
/ Tel: (506) 867-5800 ext. 5814.
SOURCE: Atlantic Lottery
Online Gambling Operators' Mobile Businesses Currently Average 23%
of Total Revenue - But Stagnation May Be Ahead
LONDON / MUNICH, (April 21, 2014) --
For more than three years now the online gambling industry has declared the
mobile channel its key growth driver. However, although the mobile business is
becoming more and more important, operators do not (yet) have consistent
reporting standards (KPIs) regarding their mobile revenues. In its newest
Online Gambling Quarterly report (Q1 2014)
MECN's researchers therefore
try to crack this tough nut and analyse several mobile KPIs and their
development in recent years and quarters.
Mobile growth development - still
difficult to benchmark
Many online gambling operators do
not (yet) have consistent reporting standards (KPIs) regarding their mobile
revenues. Also not all KPIs are reported consistently by all operators for
every quarter or half years. In regard to comparable benchmarks "only" two KPIs
are currently usable: 1.) mobile betting stakes/revenues in % of total betting
stakes/revenues and 2.) total mobile revenue in % of total revenue.
Mobile business makes currently
in average 23% of total revenue
Initially, the mobile figures that
were reported focused on betting stakes or revenues because operators in the
past focused primarily on launching mobile betting offers. Recently, the mobile
revenue generated by the casino, bingo, and poker verticals/segments has become
more and more relevant. Therefore, more and more operators additionally/instead
report the mobile revenue in % of total revenue across all verticals.
Our analyses of the mobile business
of key online gambling operators provide the following insights:
Mobile in % of total
revenue - On average, the operators analysed generate 23% of their
total online revenue via mobile channels.
in % of total betting
stakes/revenues - On average, the operators analysed generate 40% of their
total online betting stakes/revenue via mobile channels.
Growth trends, stagnation
As figures for the mobile channels
have only begun to be reported recently, it's difficult to analyse any growth
trends. But it seems that at least for some companies the mobile share has
begun to stagnate in recent quarters. Moreover, the year-to-year growth seems
to decrease for some operators; nevertheless, growth rates above 100% still put
mobile at the top of executive agendas.
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Maryland Lottery Expands Bet Options in Racetrax
BALTIMORE, Maryland (April 21, 2014)
-- The Maryland Lottery is
betting Racetrax fans and novice players will cheer the changes coming to the
game on Monday, April 21, to give players more betting options and a play
experience more like that at an actual racetrack.
This computer-animated Lottery game
offers 3-D graphic animations complete with the sound of snorting horses, the
call to the post and the thunder of hooves as the horses race around the track.
Each race has 12 horses and lasts up to one minute, with up to five minutes
Our Racetrax players asked
for these changes and we are happy to give them an improved
experience, said Mike Hofferbert, Lottery director of product
development. The Lottery began offering Racetrax in 2006.
The latest game changes are
extensive and add six bet types: Exacta, Exacta Box, Exacta Wheel, Superfecta,
Superfecta Box and Superfecta Wheel. It also cuts the cost of bets for two
Trifecta options to 50 cents for the Trifecta Box option and a Trifecta Wheel
Confused about the bet types? Player
information sheets are available at Lottery retailers and will be available
online to explain the different type of bets, how to play the game and the cost
of each type of bets. Players can still pick their own horses or let the
terminal quick pick the numbers.
The revised game will offer more
realistic images of horses, riders and the track. When horses cross the finish
line in the revised game, players will see the images of the top four, rather
than the top three horses freeze as they cross the line. Improved statistical
screens and detailed payout information round out the changes. The bonus wheel
will still spin before each race to give players who add the Racetrax Bonus
option a chance to multiply their winnings by the number shown.
SOURCE: Maryland Lottery.
Australasian Gaming Expo 12 - 14 August 2014
Sydney Exhibition Centre
@ Glebe Island
SYDNEY (April 22, 2014) -- Featuring
more than 180 exhibitors across 15,000 square metres of exhibition space, the
Australasian Gaming Expo is easily the biggest event of its type in Australia
and one of the world's biggest.
Visitors have long acknowledged that
the world's best and latest gaming and hospitality equipment is on show at the
Expo for gaming and hospitality executives, from around the region.
Entry is complimentary to gaming
industry executives, courtesy of the Gaming Technologies Association.
Click here for the Conditions of Entry.
Trade suppliers are not eligible to
attend the event unless exhibiting.
The Expo is also acknowledged among
exhibitors as being superior to other similar events, offering excellent
Click Here for Location Map
The Gaming Technologies Association
is the peak representative body for Australian gaming machine technology
suppliers. We strive to enhance the sustainable success of our members and the
national gaming industry through policy leadership and industry advocacy.
In particular, the GTA acts
- increase key stakeholders understanding of
our vibrant, responsible and sustainable industry;
- support efficient, balanced and effective gaming
policy, legislation and regulation;
- champion technology as a key contributor to
responsible gaming efforts;
- encourage innovation to better meet player and
customer needs; and
- represent the interests of gaming suppliers while
contributing to the leadership of the broader Australian gaming industry.
SOURCE: AGE 2014.
Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office to Host Joint APLA & WLA
Sofitel Philippine Plaza
Manila hotel from April 28 to May 1
MANILA, Philippines (April 21, 2014)
-- The Philippine Charity
Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will host the
Association (APLA-WLA) joint marketing seminar at the Sofitel Philippine
Plaza Manila hotel from April 28 to May 1.
The PCSO is a member of the WLA, a
global professional association of state lottery and gaming organizations from
80 countries whose members use their revenues for public good.
The organization also counts as
associate members numerous companies from the worldwide supplier industry.
The APLA is one of the five regional
associations of the WLA and represents 25 lotteries from 10 nations in the
Like most organizations of their
kind, the WLA and the APLA were established to foster communication and
linkages between members, and to share information and experiences in the
The seminar will focus on lottery
sales and marketing best practices and trends. What this business needs to grow
is to tap into the increasing influence of social media, and the other ways
that advanced communications technology is enabling the rapid dissemination of
The seminar will feature interesting
and knowledgeable speakers who will demonstrate how to captivate the target
market, innovate to keep in step with evolving consumer tastes and engage
players in continuous interaction, all in a socially responsible way.
The PCSO welcomes APLA speakers and
participants as part of its involvement in the APLA-WLA and because it is keen
on learning how to grow its lottery business, as well as that of its other
games, in order to raise more funds for its social programs.
Lotto games and their variants are
the most popular of the PCSOs offerings, accounting for 94 percent of
gross sales (P29.68 billion) in 2013.
Lotto Express, a form of Keno, was
introduced some years back and is gaining in popularity. It grew by 85 percent
last year and made P1.9 billion in sales, almost double its 2012 earnings of P1
billion. The number of Lotto Express outlets also increased by 87 percent to
997 outlets in 2013.
All these were achieved despite the
challenges presented by external factors, including natural calamities (such as
Super typhoon Yolanda) and power outages.
In 2013 the PCSO provided P3.95
billion in funds for its Individual Medical Assistance Program, which benefited
The funds provide financial
assistance for medical- and health care-related expenses, such as
hospitalization, dialysis, chemotherapy drugs, laboratory procedures, and the
purchase of medicines, implants, devices and others.
An additional P28.3 million was set
aside for the agencys Endowment Fund Program, which gives charity
patients access to medical care, drugs, diagnostic procedures and the like; is
allocated directly to 18 government and private hospitals; and is availed of by
patients under established guidelines.
Also in 2013, under the
Institutional Assistance Program, which received P85.12 million, 61,781
beneficiary institutions received assistance for the upgrading of health-care
facilities, purchase of medical supplies and equipment, and the construction
and renovation of hospitals and other health centers.
The PCSO also helped the victims of
emergencies and national calamities. In 2013 the agency donated over P85
million to those affected by Yolanda, the Zamboanga crisis last September, the
7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol and Cebu provinces last October, and
the habagat (southwest monsoon). Another P800,000 went to 400 families who lost
their homes to fires.
The PCSO still provides medical
services to referral and walk-in patients through its Out-Patient Consultation
Program at the agencys extension office at the Lung Center of the
Philippines in Quezon City. The services include free consultation, emergency
care, minor surgeries, dental services and ambulance conduction. Last year
60,184 patients were helped under this program, which received P4.62
The PCSO also holds free
medical-dental and special missions in local communities. In 2013 over P1.41
million was allocated for this program that helped 35,455 patients.
More than P5.63 million worth of
medicines were also given out through the PCSOs Medicine Donation Program
in partnership with 480 institutions and local government units (LGUs).
Another of the PCSOs flagship
programs is the Ambulance Donation Program, under which, in 2013, 51 ambulances
were given to partner LGUs; hospitals; and non-governmental, governmental, and
private organizations. Another 220 requests for ambulances were approved, and
the units are expected to be purchased this year.
As it celebrates its 80th
anniversary this year, the PCSO renews its commitment to public service and the
common good. It is especially heartwarming for us to recall this at the end of
Happy Easter to all, and may Jesus
be risen in our hearts and minds each day as the motivation for the daily
purpose in our lives.
Jose Ferdinand Rojas is the
vice chairman and general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes
SOURCE: Philippine Charity
Realistic Games Debut Mobile Pull Tab
Four new releases set to
go live with operators
LONDON, U.K. (April 23, 2014) --
British slots and table games supplier Realistic Games has broken new ground by
developing a suite of mobile Pull Tab games.
The four new additions to their
expanding portfolio combine the nostalgia of this popular game genre with the
latest technology, and are now available to play on smartphones.
Among the titles are Golden Koi,
which blends traditional fruit machine symbols with Japanese-inspired graphics
and music, and the Irish-themed Pot Luck.
They are joined by Diamonds and
Rubies and Sunken Treasure, which feature precious jewel and underwater fortune
The four games boast a variety of
features and jackpot multipliers. Their fun is centred on players pulling back
the perforated pull tab to reveal symbols and see if theyve
After selecting their total bet
value, they then press the start button and pull the four tabs by sliding their
finger across the screen.
Alternatively, they can use the Pull
All button to reveal all four lines at once, or select the relaxing Autoplay
button to play 10 games on the spin.
Realistic Games commercial
director, Andy Harris, said: Pull Tabs are great little games and
its been a lot of fun bringing them back to life with the technologies
that are available these days.
players are going to enjoy them and will welcome the opportunity to try
In many respects they
epitomise what were about at Realistic Games: progress and innovation
based on a solid base of experience and expertise.
The Pull Tabs have been added to
Realistics portfolio, recently boosted by the addition of three new five
reel slots, 6 Appeal, Riverboat Gambler, and Snapshot; and the three reel slot
Realistic now supply their games to
a number of leading operators including Bet365, BetVictor, Ladbrokes, Paddy
Power, Stan James, Boylesports, and William Hill.
Their hugely popular slot Super
Graphics Upside Down was recently nominated for the eGaming Reviews Game
of the Year award.
For more information on this release
or to arrange an interview with Andy Harris please contact Robin Hutchison at
Square in the Air on 0203 586 8272 or 07968 124 132, or
About Realistic Games
Based in Oxfordshire, Realistic
Games are a leading supplier of high-quality, electronic gaming content to some
of the worlds most successful operators. Our technologists, designers and
modellers have over 40 years of experience in both the land-based and digital
gaming markets. We are passionate about the products we create. The team
specialise in creating roulette, blackjack, slots, and fixed odds games
tailored to a wide variety of devices, including PCs, iPhones, iPads, Android
phones and tablets, and gaming machines. The games are fully-hosted on our
ReGaL games platform, and are accessible to customers through a simple
integration. ReGaL first went into production for Stan James in April 2011.
Subsequent launches followed with Bet Victor, Ladbrokes, bet365, Boylesports,
Paddy Power, and William Hill
SOURCE: Realistic Games.