GTECH Awarded 10-Year Online Gaming System, Terminals, and
Integration Contract from the National Lottery of Belgium
ROME (Italy) and PROVIDENCE (Rhode
Island) (May 6, 2014) -- GTECH S.p.A. announced that its subsidiary GTECH Global
Services Corporation has been awarded a 10-year online gaming system,
terminals, and integration contract to provide end-to-end services for the
National Lottery of Belgium (NLB). The proposed contract, which is
expected to commence in May 2014, follows a competitive, negotiated procurement
process and is based on an IT services model. GTECH expects to receive
approximately 125 million in revenues over the 10-year term.
This award is significant
for GTECH as it allows us to build upon the existing relationship with the
Belgian National Lottery which dates back to 1993 when we deployed the
Lotterys first gaming system, said GTECH International
President and CEO Walter Bugno.
Working together with the
Lottery, we have created customer-focused innovations and new games, and, as a
partner, we have gained a deep understanding of the Belgian marketplace as it
exists today, and determined what the right path is for the future."
"GTECH looks forward to
transitioning from the current contract to the new IT services model and
upgrading the Lotterys operating systems and its retailers with our
latest product solutions and services that will create greater efficiencies and
drive even higher sales growth.
The IT services model aims to drive
services quality and to closely align GTECHs services with the business
requirements of the NLB. It calls for the set-up of integrated business tools,
end-to-end processes based on IT industry standard practices (ITIL), and the
establishment of a governance organization responsible for managing operations
for the NLB.
Time-to-market is extremely
important in todays business environment, and the same holds true for the
lottery business. This Services arrangement with GTECH will allow us to
introduce innovations more rapidly and be better prepared in the longer term to
grow the business in a competitive marketplace. The business alignment through
the governance model is key in this model and will allow us to translate new
technology into innovative services for our players and to become a more
attractive and socially responsible gaming provider, said NLBs
ICT, Operations and Procurement Director Roger Malevé.
Under the terms of the award, GTECH
will provide the NLB with best-in-class and secure gaming technology,
performance driven services, and an integrated business environment.
The Company will provide its
Enterprise Series (ES) central system solution and replace the NLBs
existing terminal base with 5,550 Altura® GT1200 terminals. GTECH will also
deploy mobile and handheld terminals as well as self-service ticket
The new contract will strengthen
GTECHs presence in Belgium and in Europe. The gaming operations and
maintenance will be delivered from GTECHs operations center in Warsaw,
Poland. Ongoing services include the end-to-end operations and maintenance of
the ES central system and retailer infrastructure, business tools operations,
and other business related services such as project and bid management, quality
management, and Enterprise security and architecture.
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:
For further information CONTACT:
Robert K. Vincent
T. (+1) 401 392 7452
T. (+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
Constantinos Antonopoulos, INTRALOT GROUP CEO, Awarded Manager
of the Year 2013
|Manager of the Year
2013 - Constantinos Antonopoulos
ATHENS, Greece (May 7, 2014) --
INTRALOT Group CEO,
Mr. Constantinos Antonopoulos has been announced Manager of the
Year 2013 at a special ceremony that took place on May 7th, in Athens, in
the presence of politicians, prominent public figures, and members of the
Mr. Antonopoulos stated during the
award ceremony: I would like to thank the Hellenic Management
Association for this significant distinction. The "Manager of the Year" award
is an initiative that highlights and rewards healthy entrepreneurship. My
professional path is characterized by extroversion and is parallel with the
course of a major company, INTRALOT that has managed to become the leading
company of the gaming industry worldwide urged by hard teamwork. A key
component of this success is INTRALOTs people and the companys
employees are also awarded with me today. Our vision, hard work and passion for
achieving high goals, as well as the confidence of our shareholders have been
the key ingredients of this successful track."
Under Mr. Antonopoulos
management, INTRALOT has achieved the highest growth rate in the industry and
has become the leading company in the gaming sector with a highly diversified
portfolio of projects in 57 jurisdictions on all 5 continents with more than
5,700 employees and revenues that exceed 1.5 billion (95% of which from
international operations). Within 22 years INTRALOT has become synonymous to
innovation and cutting-edge technology offering to Lotteries and operators
worldwide pioneering gaming solutions.
Manager of the
Year is an institution that was founded in 2002 by the Hellenic
Management Association, in order to honor managers whose vision and outstanding
performance lead to robust and innovative companies.
Constantinos Antonopoulos is a
founding member and shareholder of INTRALOT. In 1992, the year that the company
was established, he assumed his current position as Group Chief Executive
Officer. He launched his career by joining major Greek industrial enterprises
and Ministries. As an active member of the business community,
Constantinos Antonopoulos participates in a number of chambers and
More information on Constantinos
Antonopoulo at this:
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 please CONTACT:
Ms Persa Kartsoli, Head of Corporate and Public Relations, Phone: +30-210
6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email:
Scientific Games to Provide National Lottery of Panama's First Online
NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 2, 2014) --
Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) (the "Company") today announced it has signed an
amendment to its contract with Loteria Nacional de Beneficencia of Panama
("National Lottery of Panama") to provide the country's first online lottery
game, Pega 3, under the Company's existing agreement with the Lottery.
Created by Scientific Games, Pega 3
is scheduled to launch in June 2014 as a standard Pick 3 game.
"Pega 3 is our very first online
lottery draw game and a brand new product for Panama as we continue to work in
new ways to respond to our players and deliver the excitement of lottery with a
high level of trust and integrity," said Ricardo Brooks, Director of
Loteria Nacional de Beneficencia. "The new game will complement our existing
portfolio of products, particularly the new instant games that launched last
The Lottery began offering instant
games to players for the first time in October 2013 under a ten-year contract
with Scientific Games, which was awarded through a competitive procurement
process the same year. Currently, the National Lottery of Panama operates
traditional draw-based lottery games through a network of 13,500 lottery
"Consumers in Panama have
embraced the instant games that recently launched and the Lottery's hard work
has resulted in gaining the player's interest and trust," said Patrick
McHugh, President, North American Lottery Systems for Scientific Games. "We
see the Pega 3 online game as a new choice for players; it is the next step for
the Lottery's expanding product portfolio and we anticipate that it will be
well-received by players."
The National Lottery of Panama
reported that it generated $610 million USD in total retail sales in 2013,
which included $23 million USD in instant game sales following the introduction
of instant games in October.
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:
| Investor Relations
| Media Relations
SOURCE: Scientific Games
POLLARD BANKNOTE Awarded New Instant Ticket Contract With the
Interprovincial Lottery Corporation
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (May 5, 2014) --
Pollard Banknote Limited
(TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is pleased to announce that it has
been named the primary supplier of instant ticket printing services for the
Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC). Under this new
agreement, Pollard Banknote will provide instant tickets, game design, and
related services to the five Canadian regional lottery corporations, which work
together through the ILC to undertake national lottery games. The five-year
contract began December 30, 2013, and includes provisions to extend the
agreement for up to five additional years.
As the leading instant ticket
supplier in Canada, Pollard Banknote boasts an intimate, unrivalled
understanding of the Canadian market. Pollard Banknote has been a partner to
the ILC for more than 25 years, and has successfully worked with each of the
five Canadian lotteries to develop top-selling regional games. In the last 10
years alone, Pollard Banknote has printed approximately 2,000 instant games for
its Canadian clients, including the ILC and the five regional lotteries. This
new five-year contract will allow Pollard Banknote to continue to assist each
jurisdiction in growing their $10 and $20 portfolio with appealing prize
structures and enhanced print innovations.
The ILC is a long-valued
customer of Pollard Banknote, and we are very proud of the cooperative
relationship we have established over more than two decades, said
Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. We have
worked hard to offer an expanding selection of products and services, and this
new contract underscores the confidence the ILC has in our ability to
successfully develop and print multi-jurisdictional games with their inherent
complexities. We look forward to building upon our success in the coming years
with the mutual goal of increasing revenues for ILC, and the good causes its
member lotteries support.
The ILC is a nationwide lottery
organization incorporated in 1976. The five Canadian regional lottery
corporations that are members of the ILC include the Atlantic Lottery
Corporation (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince
Edward Island), Loto-Québec, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation,
the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the
Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut), and the British Columbia Lottery
Corporation. These lottery corporations are responsible for games in their
respective jurisdictions, and oversee the planning, risk management, and
business oversight of national initiatives through the ILC Board, its Executive
Committee, and other specific committees and working groups.
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
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 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:
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
GLI Testlabs Canada Expanding its Moncton
MONCTON, Canada (May 2, 2014) --
GLI Testlabs Canada, a company
prominent in game testing, plans to create up to 26 new full-time positions at
its facility in Moncton by the end of 2015.
We continue to work
diligently to develop our most valuable resource - New Brunswickers - and keep
them working here at home, said Premier David Alward. This
latest investment is an example of our commitment. We are pleased that GLI
Canada will grow their Moncton operation and further develop our expertise in
the subsector of gaming quality assurance.
The Moncton office oversees the
company's global delivery of specialized training, auditing, consulting,
project management, and information security services to companies inside and
outside of the gaming industry.
GLI Testlabs Canada's
Moncton-based office has prospered quickly and steadily, said Gregory
Doucette, director of the companys professional services group.
Therefore, an expansion of
our team is a no-brainer. A skilled and dedicated workforce from which to hire
is just one of the reasons we chose New Brunswick. We are thrilled with the
results thus far and expect to increase the professional and value-added
services that our array of clients has become accustomed to
Invest NB will provide a payroll
rebate of up to $315,000 for the creation of the full-time jobs. The positions
to be created include technical writers, sales development workers, project
managers, business analysts and information systems auditors. The investment by
the province and the company will contribute an estimated $3 million annually
to the provinces gross domestic product once all the jobs have been
In operation for nearly 25 years,
Gaming Laboratories International is a leader in providing independent testing,
inspection and certification services to the gaming, wagering and lottery
industry. The company also offers independent network and information security
assessments. The company operates in 21 locations across Africa, Asia,
Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America. More
information on the company is available online.
Invest NB is a Crown corporation
focused on strategically developing foreign direct investment opportunities and
encouraging job creation in New Brunswick. Guided by a private sector board of
directors, its programs are designed to support and promote foreign direct
investment by attracting new industries and supporting the expansion of
existing industries within its core sectors.
CONTACT: Christie Eickleman,
Vice-President of marketing, Gaming Laboratories International, 702-914-2220,
QLot Consulting Names Dr. Larry Montgomery Consultant
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (May 9, 2014) --
Ales Kulich, president of QLot
Consulting, announced today that Dr. Larry Montgomery will be retiring,
leaving his position as Principle Consultant and Managing Director for the
Americas for QLot Consulting. Mr. Montgomery will, however, remain associated
with QLot as Consultant Emeritus.
Mr. Kulich stated: "Larry has had
a distinguished career in the gaming industry, beginning as the first director
of the Kansas State Lottery; one of seven co-founding directors of the
Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL - Lotto America, Powerball); president of
Public Gaming Research Institute (PGRI); co-founder, vice chair, president and
COO of publicly traded Multimedia Games, Inc. (NASDAQ:MGAM); and, since 2004
with QLot Consulting. Larry has further served QLot clients in Europe, the
Middle East, Africa and in the Americas. In recognition of his outstanding
service to QLot and the global Lottery Industry, it is my pleasure to name
Larry Montgomery as QLot Consulting's first ever Consultant Emeritus."
Dr. Montgomery: "It has been an
honor to be part of the QLot team. Mr. Kulich and the entire consultancy staff
have an outstanding track record in the Lottery and broader gaming industry. It
has been a pleasure to be part of the professionalism and esprit de corp
created by Mr. Kulich and embolden by the entire QLot organization. I am
honored to continue my relationship with QLot Consulting in the role of
Consultant Emeritus. When and where I can be of support with any QLot client,
it will be my pleasure to do so."
Ales Kulich concluded by saying:
"Over the years, Larry has become a good friend as well as a highly valued
professional associate. The entire QLot team wishes Larry and his wife Gwen
well as they retire to their beloved house in the beautiful Kansas countryside,
and we look forward to Larry remaining involved with us as QLot's Consultant
QLot Consulting is an independent
lottery and gaming consulting house serving customers worldwide. The company
provides services on five continents and is working with governments,
lotteries, investors and suppliers to the lottery and gaming industry. For more
information, please visit http://www.QLot.com".
QLot Consulting / Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org / Independent
SOURCE: QLot Consulting.
Lotteries Keep Contributing Long After the Games are
GENEVA, Ohio (April 21, 2014)
As the American lottery industry celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014, it is
important to realize the significant contributions lotteries have made to good
causes over the years. Fifty years ago, a progressive legislator in New
Hampshire, Larry Pickett, saw his vision of a sweepstakes as a viable
and voluntary method of raising money for education come to fruition.
Since the New Hampshire Sweepstakes
first sold tickets in March 1964, lotteries have raised some $375 billion for
education and other good causes across the country and they have done so with
the highest level of accountability and integrity.
Without a doubt, lotteries
have provided a way for governments to fund important projects over the years,
and they have done so in a safe, secure and responsible manner, said
David Gale, Executive Director the
North American Association of
State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), the industrys trade
association. The last few years have been particularly exciting, with
world record jackpots continued strength in the instant ticket product, and the
initial steps taken by a few jurisdictions into the online world, bringing
lotteries to a new generation of players.
NASPL estimates that about
two-thirds of that $375 billion in net revenue has gone directly to education,
with the balance supporting a variety of other causes such as economic
development, the environment, health and public wellness, and programs for
veterans and senior citizens.
In addition, lottery proceeds in
some jurisdictions directly offset property and other taxes that would be
otherwise paid by residents.
In fiscal year 2013 alone, 44
American lotteries raised some $20 billion for good causes. They generated $63
billion in sales of traditional lottery products that paid $39 billion in
prizes back to lottery players.
In addition, several lotteries have
been entrusted to operate casino or casino-style gaming in their jurisdictions,
and those lotteries brought in another $5.6 billion in net gaming revenue
(after prizes paid).
Governments, their citizens and
lottery players are not the only beneficiaries of lottery play. On average,
about six percent of traditional game sales are paid to retailers in the form
of commissions and bonuses, which equates to an estimated $3.7 billion in
fiscal 2013. Significant additional commissions are paid to facilities that
host casino-style gaming such as video lottery terminals.
And according to NACS, the
international association for convenience and fuel retailing, Many
convenience stores depend on lottery ticket sales to generate foot traffic
inside the store. Furthermore, the frequent lottery customer purchases
additional items when they purchase their lottery tickets. In fact, on 95% of
their store visits, lottery customers purchased at least one other merchandise
product in addition to lottery.
Without a doubt, lotteries are
entrenched in the American landscape, as they are in most of the rest of the
world. For a small stake, every single player has the same chance to win prizes
ranging from a simple return on their investment to millions of dollars, with
the added benefit that a percentage of every dollar spent goes back to help
businesses and provided much-needed revenues to good causes.
The North American Association of
State and Provincial Lotteries was founded in 1971. Evolving from an informal
exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, the
organization has grown into an active association representing 53 lottery
organizations. NASPLs basic mission is to assemble and disseminate
information on the lottery industry through education and communications, and
where appropriate publicly advocate the positions of the Association on matters
of general policy.
Media CONTACT: David Gale, Executive
Director, (440) 466-5630, Email: email@example.com.
Singapore Pools Awarded International Accreditation for High Standard
of Information Security & Integrity Controls
SINGAPORE (May 2, 2014) --
Singapore Pools has
attained the World Lottery Association (WLA) Security Control Standard: 2012
(WLA-SCS: 2012) certification, making it the second member operator in Asia to
achieve this globally recognized security standard in the gaming industry.
Upholding the integrity of
our operations is vital to our business. This certification assures our
stakeholders that we have a high standard of security and integrity in line
with international best practice. This achievement is another step to
maintaining the trust and confidence of the public in Singapore
Pools, said Singapore Pools Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Mr
Seah Chin Siong.
Mr Seah received the certification
on 30 April from WLA General Secretary, Ms Lynne Roiter in the presence of
national lotteries and gaming industry players from the region at the
Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA)/
World Lottery Association (WLA)
Seminar in Manila from 28 April to 2 May 2014.
WLA-SCS: 2012 uses ISO/IEC
27001:2005, a leading international standard for Information Security
Management Systems (ISMS) as the baseline. The accreditation signifies that
Singapore Pools has met the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC 27001:2005,
together with 111 additional security requirements set forth by the WLA,
including 90 gaming specific security and integrity controls.
The accreditation assessment for
both WLA-SCS:2012 and ISO/IEC 27001:2005 was conducted by DNV Certification
Limited, a well-known international certification body, following an
independent audit of Singapore Pools main operations in March 2014. The audit
covered information security policy and organisation, asset management, access
control, physical and environment security, communication and operations
management, information systems acquisition and development and maintenance,
incident management, business continuity management, and compliance.
About Singapore Pools
Singapore Pools is Singapores
legal gaming operator, set up on 23 May 1968 by the Singapore Government in a
bid to curb illegal gambling activities and to channel proceeds of legal gaming
operations to community benefit. Today, Singapore Pools is wholly owned by the
Tote Board, a statutory board under the Ministry of Finance.
About World Lottery
The World Lottery Association (WLA)
is an international trade organization that represents over 140 lotteries and
60 lottery suppliers from 90 countries on all five continents. Lottery members
must be licensed or authorized to conduct lotteries and/or sports betting
operations by the jurisdiction in which they trade.
The security of a lottery operator
is critical in maintaining the confidence and trust of the public in its
lottery games. It is vital, therefore, that a lottery operator develops and
maintains a visible and documented security environment in order to achieve and
sustain public confidence in its operations.
The WLA SCS is the lottery sector's
only internationally recognized security standard. It couples a comprehensive
information security management baseline incorporating ISO/IEC 27001:2005, a
leading international standard for information security management, with
additional lottery'-specific security controls representing current best
The WLA SCS is designed to assist
the lottery sector around the globe in obtaining a high level of security
controls in line with generally accepted best practices, to enable an increased
reliance on the integrity of lottery operations. The WLA SCS specifies the
required practices for an effective security management structure by which a
lottery may maintain the integrity, availability, and confidentiality of
information vital to its secure operation.
Ms Phoebe Low
Manager, Media Relations
DID: 6216 8729
Mr Andrew Chew
Executive, Media Relations
DID: 6216 8715
SOURCE: Singapore Pools.
CIBELAE Seeks to Add to Colombia and Paraguay to
BOGOTÁ, Colombia (May 1,
2014) -- The Executive Director of
Iberoamericana de Loterías y Apuestas de Estado (CIBELAE), Dr.
Néstor Cotignola participated in the Juegos de Azar (FADJA) held in
Bogotá, Colombia in order to make progress in strengthening and growing
the Corporation. It is important to remember that the venue of CIBELAE in Latin
America works with Asociación de Loterías, Quinielas y Casinos
Estatales de Argentina (ALEA).
For the first time in the history of
CIBELAE, it reserved a booth at FADJA where it distributed materials with
information about what the Corporation, such as the benefits of becoming a
After the show, Dr. Néstor
Cotignola said that "it was a very important meeting because institutional
presence at such fairs, where we had more than 120 enquires at our booth from
industry representative, help us to demonstrate the importance of an
organization like CIBELAE.
He added: "In the coming months
Paraguay will join with the presence in the stand of the Chairman: Javier
Balbuena and Colombia as we know, is the key to continuing this process of
opening, processing and Latin American unit of gambling.
FADJA also saw a Roundtable on
Corporate Social Responsibility, chaired by Dario Piccirilli, from the National
University of La Plata (UNLP), and was followed by representatives of the
various business sectors of the industry of Colombia.
The closure was presided over by Dr.
Cotignola, who reported the role that companies like CIBELAE play and, the
importance of their participation as Associate Members and urged them to
"keep working on this transformation process where all America plays a major
Finally Dr. Hernán Najenson,
a member of the Community Prevention of Money Laundering-created in the last
Board CIBELAE - spoke under the 2nd National Congress of Officers Compliance of
Colombia organized FADJA and sponsored by the Information Unit Colombia and
Financial Analysis (FIAU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
He explained the task of the Money
Laundering Prevention Unit in ALEA and objectives of the new community work
created in CIBELAE.
Lottery Surpasses $3 Billion Raised For Education
Sends Congratulations to HOPE
ScholarsPast and Present
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (May 6, 2014)
-- On the eve of graduation season, the
Tennessee Education Lottery
Corporation announced today that it has surpassed $3 billion in funds
raised to support education-related programs in the state, including the HOPE
Its that special time
of year when accomplished seniors accept their diplomas, while friends and
family members proudly look on, said Lottery President and CEO
Rebecca Hargrove. Three billion dollars is an extraordinary sum, but
whats most meaningful is that this money has helped and continues to help
many thousands of young people pursue their dreams of higher education. All
Tennesseans can take pride in the success of this effort.
To mark the $3 billion milestone,
the Lottery is running a television commercial to congratulate the states
HOPE scholars, emphasizing the door-opening opportunity that education
For county-by-county details about
how Lottery funds are used, visit
This achievement is exactly
what Tennessee voters had in mind when they voted to create the Lottery in the
fall of 2002, said Susan Lanigan, Chair of the Lotterys Board
of Directors. All of us on the Board applaud the Lottery for its great
work and extend our congratulations to the many deserving students across
According to data from the Tennessee
Student Assistance Corporation, the entity that administers Lottery-funded
programs, more than 800,000 grants and scholarships to in-state education
institutions have been earned by deserving students since the Lotterys
inception in 2004, including more than 100,000 awards during the current
academic year alone. Lottery funds are also used to support other
education-related activities, including after-school programs implemented in
more than 225 sites across the state, and an ongoing initiative to make schools
more energy efficient.
About the Tennessee Education
The Tennessee Education Lottery
Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of
its products. Net proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets, currently averaging
over $6 million per week, fund specific education programs, including college
scholarships and after-school programs.
Since the Lottery began selling
tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $3 billion for these
programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over
$7 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned over $753
million in retailer commissions.
MEDIA CONTACT: Kym Gerlock,
615-324-6556 / 615-604-2827, Email:
SOURCE: Tennessee Education
Florida Lottery to Offer In-Arena Promotions with Miami Heat At Game
One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals
As Part of the Miami HEAT
Playoff Experience Promotion
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (May 5, 2014)
-- The Florida Lottery is
teaming up with the back-to-back defending champion Miami HEAT for two in-arena
promotions during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Tuesday, May
6, 2014. Florida Lottery/Miami HEAT hand fans will be distributed to spectators
as they enter the arena, and those fans will have the chance to win Florida
Lottery Scratch-Off tickets or a Florida Lottery/Miami HEAT prize pack.
During the first half of the game,
Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell, who is also serving as an honorary
team captain, and Miami HEAT in-arena emcee Dale will announce the lucky row
that will receive the Florida Lottery/Miami HEAT prize pack, which includes
HEAT merchandise and $100 worth of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE® Scratch-Off
tickets. Fans throughout the arena will also have a chance to win Florida
Lottery Scratch-Off tickets by showing their HEAT team spirit in the
Jump-Around Contest conducted by the Miami HEAT Xtreme Team.
This promotion is being offered in
conjunction with the Miami HEAT Playoff Experience Promotion, which launched
March 24 and runs through Sunday, May 18. During this promotion, players who
purchase a Florida Lottery BIG 3 POWER PACK at select retailers in the Miami
and West Palm Beach areas receive a voucher that contains a unique number to be
entered on the Lottery's website for a chance to win Miami HEAT prizes.
The final drawing in this promotion
will be held on May 20, from vouchers submitted between April 21 and May 18.
One Grand Prize winner will receive a Miami HEAT Playoff Fly-away package for
two, which includes airline tickets, hotel accommodations, 2014 Miami HEAT
Playoff game tickets and $1,000 cash. Other prizes include lower level tickets
for two for the 2014-15 Miami HEAT season; regular season lower level home game
tickets for the 2014-15 season with player meet and greets, locker room tours
or a playoff game experience; the opportunity to attend a HEAT basketball
clinic; and autographed merchandise. Additional information about the promotion
is available on the Florida Lottery website.
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
millionaires. For more information, please visit:
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications, Phone: (850) 487-7727.
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Maryland Mega Millions Jackpot Winner Claims
Lucky Retailer Earned $100,000
BALTIMORE, Maryland (May 6, 2014) --
The second-largest Mega Millions jackpot prize in Maryland history was quietly
claimed late last week. The lucky Marylander bought one of the two winning
tickets in the March 18 drawing for the $414 million Mega Millions jackpot. A
Florida couple last week claimed the second ticket, which was sold in their
The jackpot gave the Maryland and
Florida ticket holders, before taxes, $115.5 million each through the cash
option selected by the winners. After taxes, the Maryland winner receives $76.4
You have to play to
win, the lucky Marylander exclaimed, borrowing the slogan used by the
Lottery several years ago. You have to play your lucky
We are pleased that
Maryland, once again, was home to a Mega Millions jackpot winner,
said Stephen Martino, director of the
Maryland Lottery and
Gaming Control Agency. Everyone benefits when a winning jackpot ticket
is sold in Maryland. This jackpot win gave the state of Maryland some welcome
and unanticipated tax revenue.
That unanticipated tax
revenue amounts to more than $10.1 million, thanks to the cash
Our winners lucky ticket came
from Ladys Liquors located at 6474 Crain Highway in La Plata. For selling
the winning ticket, the retailer receives a $100,000 agent bonus.
This marks the first Mega Millions
jackpot win in Maryland this year, following two jackpot wins in 2013 when an
Anne Arundel County man claimed the $189 million prize in October and a Mt.
Airy couple won $26 million in February. Maryland saw its largest jackpot win
in history in March 2012 when three winners claimed a $218.6 million prize.
Nationwide, the largest Mega
Millions jackpot to date was $656 million won on March 30, 2012, by winners in
Illinois, Kansas and Maryland. The multistate game is played in 45 states and
SOURCE: Maryland Lottery.
Veikkaus Launch Geolottery Naapurit
HELSINKI, Finland (May 8, 2014) --
Lottery players in Finland have big reasons to celebrate as the Finnish
State Lottery Veikkaus
launches a daily geolottery under the local name Naapurit (The
Neighbours) on May 5th 2014.
Naapurit is a modern game
that features a more social form of lottery. We believe in the idea that
winning together is more fun, says Veikkaus CEO Juha Koponen.
Veikkaus strives to be a leader in the industry and we are excited to
be among the first one's to launch a geolottery format.
The innovative twist in Naapurit is
that players participate using their home address. Winners are drawn in a
raffle and secondary prizes are distributed among ticket holders who live the
closest to the main winner. As the games tagline puts it: You
win if your neighbour wins.
The Naapurit lottery will be
accompanied by a prime-time TV show on two TV-channels and tickets will be sold
via mobile and Internet as well as at lottery retailers. One entry is valid for
all draws during a calendar month and players will have the option of
subscribing to the game. The game is expected to reach an annual turnover over
100 million Euros.
The Nabor geolottery is a patent
pending game format created and licensed by the Swedish provider Genera
"Nabor is the first format that
makes lotteries relevant to younger players by creating other drivers than the
possibility of a big win, says Maria Sandell, CEO of Genera Networks.
It is a game about winners, the places they live in and the stories
VEIKKAUS is a Finnish lottery for
Finnish players. It offers high-quality gaming entertainment reliably and
responsibly, producing each day over EUR 1,1 million of lottery revenue for the
Finnish society. Veikkaus contributes the bulk of its proceeds to the Finnish
State, which distributes it further to Finnish arts, sports, science and youth
Read more at:
GENERA NETWORKS is a fast-growing
provider of innovative lottery formats and gaming solutions. Genera works with
regulated operators to develop games that are unique in their combination of
simplicity, high enteratinment value, broad distribuation, and attractive
winnings. The lotteries are designed for the latest technology to reach both
existing and new targer groups via internet, social media, mobile, web-TV and
traditional TV, as well as through traditional lottery retailers.
Read more at:
Pennsylvania Lottery Thanks Players, Marks May as Older
MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (May 1,
2014) -- Celebrating May as Older Pennsylvanians Month, the Pennsylvania
Lottery thanked its players today for making possible nearly $23.7 billion in
lottery-funded benefits for older adults since the first game went on sale in
"Pennsylvania Lottery players should
feel great about making a positive difference in the lives of older adults,"
said Lottery Executive Director Sil Lutkewitte. "The more than $1 billion
generated by the Lottery last year to fund benefits for older Pennsylvanians
would not have been possible without our players."
The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the
only lottery to dedicate all proceeds to support benefits to older adults,
- Low-cost prescription help offered through the PACE
and PACENET programs;
- Property tax and rent rebates provided through the
Department of Revenue;
- Free transit and reduced-fare shared rides;
Long-term living services; and
- Numerous local services offered through the state's
52 Area Agencies on Aging, including hundreds of full- and part-time senior
Learn more about lottery-funded
benefits for older Pennsylvanians online at
select "Benefits Info." The site includes contact information for
service providers and a clickable map showing benefits funding for each county.
The Lottery's nightly drawing show
also highlights information about benefits and services for older
The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds
players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please
play responsibly. For help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-848-1880.
drawings results, game demos and odds, winners' stories, our VIP Players Club
offering coupons and giveaways, and to subscribe to text and email alerts. Like
us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/palottery or follow us at
CONTACT: Gary Miller or Lauren
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.
Novomatic Gaming Spain Launch New Website
SURREY, U.K. (April 30, 2014) -- In
line with the Novomatic Groups internet presence, Novomatic Gaming Spain
has launched its new website, novomatic-spain.com.
Based on the new corporate website
design of the Novomatic Group, the Spanish subsidiary Novomatic Gaming Spain is
now able to present a new web space where the companys entire product
range for casinos, arcades, bingos and the street market can be viewed.
A special section of the website is
dedicated to customer service, offering user manual downloads and other types
of documents for registered users.
Bernhard Teuchmann, Novomatic Gaming
Spain Managing Director, commented: Our new website is a huge step
forward for Novomatic Gaming Spain as we can now offer our customers all the
information they require at the press of a button. The modern website design
reflects our mission to offer top quality products that are designed to
About Novomatic Gaming
Novomatic Gaming Spain S.A is a
wholly owned subsidiary of the NOVOMATIC Group company Austrian Gaming
Industries GmbH (AGI) and is responsible for the distribution, technical
support and after sales service of NOVOMATIC products in the Spanish market.
The company also operates four arcades (salones de juego) via subsidiaries in
Madrid and Andalusia. With product homologations for various machines in the
majority of the autonomous regions and a growing number of satisfied customers
NOVOMATIC products constantly improve their reputation and market share in the
About AGI and Novomatic
Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH
(AGI) a 100pc subsidiary of NOVOMATIC AG is an integrated global gaming company
specialising in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and sales
of electronic gaming machines and advanced technology products. As
Europes leading manufacturer, AGI delivers one of the industrys
broadest product ranges.
The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the
biggest producers and operators of gaming technologies and one of the largest
integrated gaming companies in the world. The Group employs more than 20,000
staff worldwide (3,000 in Austria). Founded by entrepreneur Prof. Johann F.
Graf, the Group has locations in 45 countries and exports high-tech electronic
gaming equipment to 80 countries. The Group operates more than 230,000 gaming
machines in its about 1,500 plus traditional and electronic casinos as well as
via rental concepts. Part of the Group is also Admiral Sportwetten GmbH,
Austrias leading sports betting operator with more than 200 outlets as
well as the Vienna-based online gaming specialist Greentube Internet
Entertainment Solutions GmbH.
SOURCE: The NOVOMATIC Group.