Washington's Lottery Announce GTECH as the Apparent Successful
Contractor in Recent Gaming RFP
OLYMPIA, Washington (October 15,
2014) -- Officials from Washington's Lottery today announced GTECH, a leading
commercial operator and provider of technology in regulated worldwide gaming
markets, as the apparent successful contractor of the organization's gaming
contract. Washington's Lottery opened its gaming RFP on April 14 of this
GTECH, which has been a gaming service provider for
Washington's Lottery for more than a decade, looks to continue to increase
Washington's Lottery's capabilities to provide its players with a high-level of
gaming content and offerings, thus leading to increased sales revenue.
Washington's Lottery's primary
beneficiary, the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, received more than
$121 million in contributions in FY14. These dollars allow for the continued
efforts in supporting the needs of thousands of students across the state by
making higher education more accessible and providing much-needed funding for
early childhood education programs. The State Need Grant, just one of the
programs supported by the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, was able to
provide higher education scholarships to over 19,000 students with funds from
lottery. A significant percentage of Washington's Lottery
proceeds also support school construction.
Increased sales mean Lottery
retailers across the state benefit, too. This year, more than $37 million was
earned by more than 3,700 Lottery retailers on both sides of the Cascades, many
of which are local independent businesses.
For more information on Washington's
Lottery and its state contributions, visit the Beneficiary tab at:
Since 1982, Washington's Lottery has
generated more than $3 billion to support important state programs including
the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account. Money in the Pathways Account goes
toward helping students achieve their higher education dreams and supports
early childhood education learning programs. The state's Lottery offers
consumers several types of games: Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto, Hit 5, Match
4, The Daily Game, Daily Keno and Scratch. For more information, visit
walottery.com or join our online community on Facebook at
facebook.com/walottery and follow us on Twitter @walottery.
CONTACT: Jennifer Carroll (Curator
on behalf of Washington's Lottery), Office: (206) 454-3703, Cell: (206)
226-5237, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Washington Lottery.
INTRALOT Recognized for Global Expansion INFOCOM Awards
ATHENS, Greece (October 22, 2014) --
INTRALOT has won a
Business Excellence Award in the category of Global Expansion at the InfoCom
Awards 2014. The awards ceremony was held on October 21st during the 16th
InfoCom World Congress, Techonomy: Time for Synergies.
The Business Excellence Award
recognizes INTRALOTs successful global reach and excellence in doing
business worldwide. Being recognized for our Global Expansion rewards
our efforts to provide state-of-the-art products and services to our customers
worldwide and verifies our dedication to excellence and our innovative approach
of doing business. Moreover, it inspires us to further expand our global
footprint in the five continents and enrich our successful track
record, said George Zenzefilis, INTRALOT Group Chief of Products and
InfoCom World Congress is the
largest event on digital technologies in SE Europe, attracting more than 3,500
delegates per year. It successfully records and captures the course taken and
convergence happening in Technology, Informatics, Telecommunications &
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 5.500 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, Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210
6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: email@example.com
APLA Executive Committee Appointed
APLA Conference Experiences
GUANGZHOU, China.(October 16, 2014)
-- At the recent APLA AGM and APLA Exco meeting held on 16 October 2015, the
latest APLA Executive Committee line up was appointed as follows:
Dato Lawrence Lim Swee Lin, Magnum Corporation, Malaysia
Mr Bill Thorburn, Tatts Group Limited, Australia
- Mr Yokichi Yokoyama Japan Lottery
- Mr Wayne Pickup Lotto NZ, New Zealand
- Mr Richard Cheung HKJC, Hong Kong
- Mr Seah Chin Siong Singapore Pools,
Ms Jan Stewart is retiring from
Lotterywest and is not seeking re-election.
Mr Tan Soo Nan is also not seeking
re-election and has appointed Mr Seah Chin Siong to represent Singapore
The APLA Conference also had a
record turnout with about 235 delegates attending.
NOVOMATIC Sign Seven Year Contract with Israeli National Lottery,
MIFAL HAPAIS, for the Provision of Video Lottery
GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (October
22, 2014) -- NOVOMATIC , one of the largest integrated gaming groups in the
world, has signed a seven year contract with Mifal Hapais, the Israeli National
Lottery, for the provision of its state-of-the-art video lottery system.
The system includes a central
system, 150 retailer terminals and 500 of its newest generation video lottery
terminals. NOVOMATIC will also provide customized games, together with
maintenance and support services for the entire duration of the contract.
The contract has been concluded
after a thorough procurement process and allows Mifal Hapais the option to
renew it for up to an additional thirteen years. NOVOMATIC expects to generate
around 23 million Euros of revenue over the initial period.
We are very proud to
welcome our new customer Mifal Hapais to the NOVOMATIC Group. It is a positive
proof of the markets need for more competition amongst the top tier
providers, in order to bring innovation and value to this growing
market, said Thomas Graf, CTO of NOVOMATIC AG.
We are very pleased to have
concluded this contract with NOVOMATIC. Their commitment to us as a client is a
lesson in excellent service, and their complete solution is a lesson in
innovation. We are looking forward to many years of success, which will allow
Mifal Hapais to increase the contribution for our good causes, said
Eli Dadon, CEO of Mifal Hapais. This is one of the first steps on our
route to success in the
WLA lottery market. We intend to
take many more, added Mr. Graf.
Further information CONTACT: Dr.
Hannes Reichmann, Head of Group Communications +43-664-301 48 20
SOURCE: NOVOMATIC AG.
The European Lotteries Association and the European Disability Forum
Take Further Steps to Promote the Inclusion of Persons with
BRUSSELS, Belgium (October 17, 2014)
-- The European Lotteries
Association (EL) and the European Disability Forum (EDF) announce the First
Addendum to their cooperation agreement, signed this month.
EL and EDF members have been working
together since 2011. EDF is the representative umbrella organisation of persons
with disabilities in the EU. EL is the European umbrella organisation of
national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit.
The cooperation between EL and EDF
is drawn up in respect of the UN Convention on Human Rights for Persons with
Disabilities, aiming to ensure their full integration in society and conducting
actions such as awareness raising and dissemination of best practices.
| (from left to right): EDF-President Yannis Vardakastanis,
ONCE-President Miguel Carballera, EL-President Friedrich Stickler and
Christophe Blanchard-Dignac, EL 1st Vice-President, at the signing of the First
Addendum to the cooperation agreement between the two organisations in October
The cooperations enshrined
in the EL-EDF Cooperation Agreement of 2011 have developed successfully. They
provide the basis for a second phase of cooperation which is now concretised
through this First Addendum, considered EDF President Yannis
Vardakastanis during the signature of the Addendum at the headquarters of ONCE,
the Spanish lottery that operates exclusively for the benefit of persons with a
EL President Friedrich Stickler:
We are commited to encourage our members to cooperate further with
members of EDF. Our members operate for the benefit of society and promoting
full inclusion fits entirely with this mission.
EL first Vice-President Christophe
Blanchard-Dignac adds: Important steps have already been taken and now
even more can be done for persons with disabilities. This is the aim of the
Common European pilot projects provided for in this Addendum which
we wish to develop together in the field of employment and education"
Hosting the signature of the First
Addendum, ONCE President Miguel Carballada commented: We are pleased
to have been a driving force in this cooperation agreement from the beginning
and confirm our full support to help in the implementation of further concrete
Examples of existing best practices
by EL members to promote the inclusions of persons with a disability can be
found on the joint EL-EDF website:
For further information please
CONTACT: Jutta Buyse, EL General Delegate, Brussels - Tel: + 32 2 234 38 20,
or Lila Sylviti, EDF Communications officer, Brussels Tel: + 32 2 282 46
00, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The European Lotteries
The 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
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
The European Disability Forum
The European Disability Forum (EDF)
is the European umbrella organisation representing the interests of 80 million
persons with disabilities in Europe.
The mission of EDF is to ensure
disabled people full access to fundamental and human rights through their
active involvement in policy development and implementation in Europe.
EDF is a member of the Social
Platform and works closely to the European institutions, the Council of Europe
and the United Nations.
SOURCE: The European Lotteries (EL)
and European Disability Forum.
Skilrock Technologies Announce Participation in the 17th Annual
Africa Com Event
GURGAON, India (October 16, 2014) --
Skilrock Technologies is
delighted to announce its participation in the 17th Annual Africa Com Event to
be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 11th -13th November 2014.
Skilrock will be
showcasing PAYKONNECT platform at AfricaCom PayKonnect provides an end
to end solutions for TOP-UP/ EVD, Bill Payment, Mobile Money & Wallet,
Micro banking and Money Remittance. PAYKONNECT is designed to allow users
conduct financial transactions anywhere, anytime and is aimed at bridging the
gap between banked and unbanked users. PAYKONNECT is Scalable, Secure,
Convenient, Cost effective and easy to implement.
Paykonnect Solution is operational
in India under brand name PAYWORLD (Which is one of the largest
electronic distributor providing commercial services through 60,000+ retail
touch points and conducting 15 million transactions per month). Apart from
India, Paykonnect platform has already been implemented internationally in
KENYA, NIGERIA, ZIMBABWE, Sri Lanka and UK and is expanding to newer
geographies of Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Come and experience live
demonstration and explore numerous possibilities of application of the
technology platform and its customization as per your end user requirements
Skilrock would be exhibiting in
AfricaCom along with other 350+ exhibitors and with a record 8,000+
decision-makers, 300+ Industry speakers from the entire Digital Ecosystem, for
more information on the conference, visit
SKILROCK is the technology arm of
US$ 1.8 billion Sugal & Damani Group the largest Lottery operator in
India. With over 40 years domain knowledge of the Commercial Services,
Lotteries industry and one of the finest development centers in India, Skilrock
is an ideal technology partner for Commercial service, Lotteries and Gaming
technology. Its Technology solutions for Lottery and Commercial Services are
popular in the emerging markets due to their scalability, cost-effectiveness
and Ease of customization. Skilrock has strong credentials with CMMI Level 3
certification; ISMS approved operations, UK Gambling Commission Approved
software development house, Certification from iTech Labs, Gaming Patents and
having live solutions in Asia, Africa and Europe.
Schedule a meeting with Skilrock at
AfricaCom #Booth No- A22
CONTACT Person- Mr. Sourabh Goyal,
Email email@example.com, call on +91-8826 31 5550.
SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies.
California Lottery Sales Surpass $5 Billion
Lottery Achieves Record Fiscal
Year; Sends $1.35 Billion to California Schools
SACRAMENTO, California (October 18,
2014) -- The California
Lottery maintained its status as one of the fastest growing lotteries in
the United States in Fiscal Year 2013-14, as it increased sales by 13.2 percent
over its last fiscal year and provided $1.35 billion to California schools from
sales that surpassed $5 billion $5.03 billion to be exact for the
first time in California Lottery history.
Its been an exciting
year for the California Lottery, with great new games and promotions and big
jackpots, Acting Lottery Director Paula LaBrie said.
Were proud of the
record-breaking amount of supplemental funds sent to Californias public
schools. However, its a new year and we plan to work even harder to
further our mission of supporting those schools and their
In total, the Lottery was able to
send an additional $65 million in supplemental funds to schools this year
compared to last year $1.35 billion in FY 2013-14 versus $1.28 billion
in FY 2012-13. And while that seems like an impressive total, the figures do
become more modest when you consider the amount is divided amongst more than
1,100 school districts in California.
This past years increase in
sales and contributions to education were fuelled by continued increases in
Scratchers® sales, and huge increases in Mega Millions® and
Powerball® sales. Scratchers sales were up more than nine percent over
where they were last year thanks largely to the introduction of the
Lotterys first-ever $20 game in September 2013. Total Scratchers sales
for the past year finished at more than $3.28 billion. Mega Millions and
Powerball sales were driven by a number of large jackpots that spurred big
ticket sales across the country. Two of those large jackpots a $324
million Mega Millions jackpot and a $425 million Powerball jackpot were
ultimately won by California players. MEGA Millions sales for the year were
more than $427 million an increase of 13.5 percent from last year.
Powerball sales were $473 million in the first full year of offering the game
Other factors to consider from
the recently completed fiscal year:
- Total sales were more than $588 million higher than
- Hot Spot sales grew by a staggering 22 percent over
last fiscal year;
- Sales of Daily Derby grew by a whopping 31 percent
over FY 2012-13;
- Retailers earned more than $345 million in
commissions, cashing bonuses and other incentives;
- Nearly $22 million in Lottery prizes went
- FY 2013-14 marks the 14th consecutive year the
Lottery has provided more than $1 billion in supplemental funds to California
- This is the fifth consecutive year that Lottery
sales have increased.
The California Lottery is a $5
billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies
that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars. Its mission is to
provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously
supporting local communities.
In FY 2013-14, the Lottery created
89 new millionaires.
Ninety-five 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 Lottery retailer
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.
La Lotería Chaqueña Begins Installation of New Lottery
CHAQUEÑA, Argentina (October
15, 2014) la Lotería Chaqueña (http://loteria.chaco.gov.ar/) is preparing to install the
first 600 new lottery terminals in its agencies as part of a renewal process of
the system by Ecom Chaco e Ivisa SA.
"After solving some initial
problems with the imported terminals, the province has finally received the
first batch of 600 machines," said Lottery President Chaqueña Nestor
He also indicated that the
installation of these machines will commence immediately, with the first ten
installed on Friday.
"With this step we begin to
realize an old dream of the la Asociación de Agentes y Subagentes,"
said Rolhaiser, while recalling that the agreement signed last February with
Ecom authorities and Chaco e Ivisa SA includes the renovation of about 1,400
points of sale.
"These terminals will incorporate
a technological renovation to around 1,100 sub-branches to the online
system," said the head of the provincial body, plus remember that this
initiative is in Institutional Shares of the fiftieth anniversary of Chaco
Once this process is finalized, la
Lotería Chaqueña will have one of the key online gambling
networks in the country.
"This will mean a big expansion
for members of the sales network, as it will optimize the work and add more
hours of work," said Rolhaiser.
In agencies the Sistema de Juegos
Betmaker Touch, consists of a terminal with a 15-inch touchscreen, a graphic
display screen of 7 inches, 84-key keyboard, thermal printer 80 mm wide, RAM
memory is installed four gigs, and a laser scanning device.
The equipment for sub-agencies,
meanwhile, will consist of a 10 inch touch screen monitor, keyboard, 60
buttons, a graphic display of 7 inches, a printer 80 mm, and similar memory and
processing machines of agencies.
This connectivity will also promote
the growth of las bocas de Lotipago across the province, a service that allows
the payment of utility bills and extended hours, even during weekends.
SOURCE: la Lotería
Commission Refers Sweden to the CJEU for Failure to Comply with EU
BRUSSELS, Belgium (October 16, 2014)
-- Today the European Commission referred Sweden twice to the CJEU for its
persistent failure to comply with EU Law in cases on online betting and poker
services. It is a breakthrough decision because this is the first time that the
EC has taken a Member State to Court over its online gambling legislation. A
number of other pending cases are ready to be referred and in November 2013 new
infringement proceedings were additionally opened.
Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of
EGBA said: EGBA fully supports and commends the EC for taking this
decision. This is a breakthrough that shows a strong commitment to upholding
fundamental European freedoms. Sweden was given many years to bring its
legislation into conformity but regretfully there was little commitment to
He also added: EGBA fully
expects other Member States to soon be referred to the Court. There is a long
list of pending cases that are ready to be taken to Court. No Member State
regardless of its size should be exempt from scrutiny. However, EGBA stands
ready to support any Member State that now decides to reform their legislation
to ensure compliance with EU rules.
CLICK HERE for European Commission press release on
For more information, please
CONTACT: Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA: +32 2 554 08 90, Email:
About EGBA (www.egba.eu)
The EGBA is an association of
leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic, bwinparty,
Digibet, Expekt, and Unibet. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association
(GBGA) is an affiliate member of EGBA. It promotes the rights of more than 20
million adult European citizens to participate in online gambling of their
choice in an informed, regulated, safe and secure environment. While online
gambling remains a smaller part of the total gambling market (15%), based upon
innovation, technology and digital consumer demand, online gambling transformed
itself into an industry champion of the European digital economy with material
spin-over effects towards other digital economies and strong synergies with
sports. EGBA members have invested more than 600M into digital security
and contributed to sports with more than 800M, mainly via sponsorship
deal and purchasing innovative sports streaming rights.
In November 2013 the EC issued 2
reasoned opinions against Sweden and a further one was announced in
July 2013. This move is one in a series of actions by the EC against both
Sweden and other Member States that follows repeated calls from the European
Parliament for the Commission to act as the Guardian of the Treaties. It
further follows a large number of cases in which legal clarifications by the
Court of Justice on how the Treaty applies to national gambling legislation
have been delivered.
Rieves Lotteries Announce New Scratchcard
LONDON, U.K. (October 15, 2014) --
Rieves Lotteries Ltd has announced a major new partnership with supermarket
chain Morrisons which will see the introduction of charity scratchcards in 500
of their superstores across the UK.
Morrisons is one of the first major
retailers to offer charity scratchcards nationwide and the rollout is expected
to raise over £1m for Morrisons chosen charity partner, Sue Ryder.
Rieves is licensed by the Gambling
Commission to promote lotteries on behalf of charities and their scratchcards
can be found in Poundland as well as specialist lottery kiosks situated in
major shopping centres around the UK. Rieves scratchcards offer
consumers some of the best odds of winning from a £1 or £2 card in
the market, and they currently work with a number of charities including The
Royal British Legion, Breast Cancer Care, and most recently Sue Ryder.
Steve Lyons, director of Rieves
Lotteries Ltd, said: Were delighted to be teaming up with
Morrisons and raising money for a great charity like Sue Ryder. Our company
ethos is to offer retailers a tailored solution which provides them, and their
customers, with the best possible return from scratchcards which in turn raises
a significant amount of money for a host of great charities.
The scratchcard category
has quadrupled in size over the last ten years and is now worth in excess of
£2bn annually, with over one quarter of the population regularly playing,
so were confident this rollout will be another great success and raise
some much needed funds for Sue Ryder.
Guy Mason, head of corporate affairs
at Morrisons, said, Morrisons colleagues voted for Sue Ryder to be our
new charity partner. We chose to work with them as we want to support
families affected by incurable illness across the country. This partnership
with Rieves will really help make a difference to the charity. We are always
looking to offer customers new products and the addition of charity
scratchcards is a fantastic way to increase customer choice, with the positive
feeling gained from knowing exactly which charity is receiving
Heidi Travis, Sue Ryder CEO echoed
the sentiment, Our partnership with Morrisons and Rieves will help
give more people the care they want at the end of their lives. The money
raised will make a lasting difference to thousands of families across the UK at
the most difficult time of their lives.
SOURCE: Rieves Lotteries Ltd.
Illinois Lottery Wins Major Advertising Award
for Industry Best Corporate Beneficiary Video
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (October 16,
2014) A video highlighting the benefits of the
unique Carolyn Adams Ticket For the Cure instant game was
recognized by other North American lotteries as the best in the industry,
during a recent gathering of members of the
North American Association of
State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).
The video, one of a series of
man on the street interviews done to support special
cause games, won a coveted Batchy Award, an award created
some 27 years ago by current Lottery Director Michael Jones to recognize and
promote great lottery creative advertising.
It is named after Illinois
first Lottery chief executive, Ralph Batch, a widely recognized Lottery
At the same gathering, which saw 42
U.S. and Canadian lotteries submit some 360 of their best advertising and
communications works for evaluation, the Illinois Lotterys monthly
retailer newsletter was cited for excellence in corporate print communications.
The lottery has always
strongly believed that its ability to maximize sales and profits to good causes
was dependent on offering products that every adult in Illinois would
buy, said Illinois Lottery Director Michael Jones.
Over the last three years
we have come to the conclusion that if everyone became aware of our special
games--Veterans Cash, The MS Project, Red Ribbon Cash, and Ticket for the Cure
--everyone would want to buy one. The video is an example of that conclusion
being proven: each person informed about the game wants to participate and
raise money for such a special cause.
Coincidentally, the 11th edition of
Ticket for the Cure went on sale last week.
Tickets cost $2 each, and feature
prizes of up to $20,000.
The latest version of the game,
Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure, is named after the former
Lottery Superintendent who succumbed to breast cancer at the age of 44 in 2007.
The Illinois Lottery launched its
initial Ticket for the Cure instant game in 2006. It was the first lottery game
of its kind in the nation, and remains the only lottery game in the U.S.
benefitting breast cancer research and support services.
Since its inception, the game has
raised more than $10.4 million for breast cancer research and to provide
mammograms and other services for women.
The Batchy award winning video can
be seen HERE.
NASPL is a multinational association
representing 52 lotteries in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The
associations recent gathering, where the awards were announced, was held
in New Jersey.
About Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois
Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state Common School Fund to
assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the
Capital Projects Fund, which goes toward job creation, roads and bridges, and
other capital projects. Players must be at least 18 years old.
CONTACT: Mike Lang, Phone:
SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.
National Lottery Launch Brand New Website!
BRUSSELS, Belgium (October 16, 2014)
-- With 2.25 million monthly visitors and as many as one million unique
visitors, month after month, the website of the National Lottery is one of the
most active sites in Belgium.
With the launch of a new website,
the National Lottery continues its qualities and ambitions strong in the paint.
Informative, up to date, modern and fresh design, easy navigation ... This
user-friendly site also gives you a look behind the scenes of the National
Lottery. Here you can see the continued growth of our company creatively
With around 400,000 visitors each
month via the website browsing directly to email lotto.be, the site earned a
new design, optimal functionality and above all ... a lot of content. If you
know that looked nearly 10,000 times per month through the site to a retail
outlet where you can go to play, we want to get acquainted with all the
activities of the National Lottery that surfers: playing, profit distribution,
sponsoring the cultural heritage. ...
This website is a true digital hub.
With a cartload of stories about our sales, the winners, the turnover, the
corporate and sponsorship site bridges between the players and the National
The needs of the player we lose not
matter the eye.
- Are you looking for the latest draw results?
- Would you like to apply for sponsorship for your
- Would you like to work for our company?
- Are you curious about how many millionaires we make
- Whether it's the sales figures that attract
In these and other questions, this
website provides a clear answer.
We certainly want to be informative
but also interactive. By integrating the most used social media applications,
we want to see our players and visitors a pleasant web experience.
We wish you lots of fun discovering
CONTACT: Kiki Vervloessem,
Spokeswoman National Lottery, 0474870845, Email:
SOURCE: Nationale Loterij.
Inspired and AGTech to Showcase VLT, Virtual Sports and omni-channel
Innovations at World Lottery Summit 2014 in Rome
LONDON, U.K. (October 17, 2014) --
Inspired Gaming Group (Inspired), the leading London based supplier of SBG
Video Lottery and Virtual Sports lottery games, and AGTech, the Hong
Kong-listed, leading integrated gaming company in China's lottery market, will
be co-exhibiting their latest innovations in VLT, Virtual Sports and Mobile
omni-channel entertainment at the biennial World Lottery Summit 2014 (2nd
5th November) on stands L and M.
AGTech and its 100%-owned subsidiary
Beijing AGTech GOT Technology Co., Ltd. ("GOT") will be exhibiting its next
generation C8 Sports Lottery Terminals. GOT has won multiple tenders in 2013
and 2014; coverage of GOT's terminals in China now reaches 28 provinces and
The sports lottery market in China
has an installed base of approximately 130,000 terminals. GOT has consistently
enjoyed a market share of more than 50%.
Inspired is the leading supplier
worldwide of Virtual Sports games for lottery across 40,000 venues and over 200
web and mobile sites in 35 countries. It serves leading lottery operators such
as Lottomatica, Sisal and OPAP with its award-winning Virtual Sports. In Italy,
Inspired's Virtual Sports products have driven the development of a
1billion p.a. market in Italy in just one year.
Inspired's Virtual Sports lottery
products are supplied to the National Sports Lottery (NSLAC) in China through
AGT, AGTech's joint venture with Ladbrokes. The Virtual Motor Racing rapid draw
lottery game "Lucky Racing" has been live in 1,700 lottery-betting shops in the
Hunan Province since 2011 and is the best performing lottery product in Hunan.
The Virtual Football game, known locally as "e-Ball", is now live in 2,500
venues in Jiangsu Province the largest sports lottery market in China
with a 15% market share of national sports lottery spend.
Inspired Virtual Sports lottery
games offer a number of benefits to traditional lottery providers. The products
are proven to drive an average of $150 of new post prize income [per lottery
retail venue per day] and has driven incremental bets of over USD $1bn per
annum in major government lottery jurisdictions.
It is also a highly flexible
proposition; operators can control game race schedules across all of their
venues and adjust payout margins to suit local regulation and business
objectives. The sports events are rendered on screen in real time; making every
event totally unique and exciting for players, with the highly realistic motion
graphics and audio commentary providing a fun and high quality lottery
Inspired will also be presenting its
new games for its major Video Lottery (VLT) markets, and offering
demonstrations of its GSA - G2S compliant VLT technology for private or
government lottery operators, including its Core CDW - Centrally Determined
Demonstrating its leadership in
omni-channel entertainment and HTML5 mobile games, Inspired will also be
showcasing its newest games White Knight and Goddess of the Amazon, which were
recently launched simultaneously across retail, online and mobile in the
Gerhard Burda, Acting Chief Product
Officer at Inspired Gaming Group, commented: "We are really looking forward
to co-exhibiting with AGTech at the World Lottery Summit. As demonstrated by
our partnership in China, Inspired's Virtual Sports, VLT and Mobile
propositions are an excellent alternative to traditional numbers and lottery
games as it enables operators to generate incremental revenue in a structured,
"Delegates can look forward to
trying out our latest innovations in VLT and Virtual Sports, as well as seeing
live demos of our new mobile HTML5 games on various tablet and mobile operating
About AGTech (www.agtech.com)
AGTech is the leading integrated
gaming company in China's lottery market. AGTech is principally engaged in (i)
gaming technologies (game software, systems, hardware and terminals); (ii)
online and mobile lottery; and (iii) lottery management. The Group is committed
to applying international management concepts and advanced technologies to the
lottery industry in various areas such as lottery systems, lottery hardware,
lottery games, internet and mobile smart phone distribution & systems,
wireless network and streaming media, thereby providing China's lottery
authorities and millions of lottery players in China with professional,
integrated lottery services.
Through Asia Gaming Technologies
Limited ("AGT") and its subsidiaries, AGTech's joint venture with Ladbroke
Group, AGTech has developed and successfully launched China's only
nationally-approved virtual fixed odds sports betting system as well as its
first games, "Lucky Racing" and "e-Ball Lottery".
The Group has a team of over 200
professionals and the footprint of its lottery business now covers over 80% of
the provinces and municipalities across China. The Group is a member of the
World Lottery Association (WLA) and the Asia Pacific Lottery Association
About Inspired Gaming Group
Inspired Gaming Group (Inspired) is
the leading supplier worldwide of Server Based Gaming (SBG), VLT and Virtual
Sports systems and games for VLT, lottery, casino, street, bingo and sports
The Group's unique Open SBG
Core software systems, terminals and Virtual Sports products are live in
over 30 countries. It is one of the three leading VLT suppliers to Italian
lotteries and betting shops. Its Virtual Sports products are deployed in 35
countries and are the leading online, mobile and land-based games in their
category worldwide. There are approximately 35,000 gaming terminals on the
Inspired Open SBG Core platform.
The Group's customer base includes
regulated operators of lotteries, casinos, licensed betting offices, gaming
halls, bingo halls and regulated online sportsbooks and casinos. Key customers
include major regulated gaming companies such as Sisal, Lottomatica, William
Hill, Gala Coral Group, Betfred, Ladbrokes, Genting, Paddy Power, Codere, Sky
Vegas, PartyGaming, Fortuna, bet365 and Caliente.
Acquired and refinanced in 2010 by
leading London investment firm Vitruvian Partners, the largest new private
equity fund in Europe, Inspired is focused on the expansion of its SBG
leadership into new international markets.
CONTACT: Marketing Phone: +44 20
7438 5800, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Inspired Gaming Group.
Michigan Lotterys Poker Lotto Game Celebrates One Year of
Dealing Cash to Players
LANSING, Michigan (October 17, 2014)
-- Poker Lotto hit the one-year mark on Sunday of dealing excitement and cash
to players, whove won more than $24.5 million playing the popular
Michigan Lottery game.
Poker Lotto offers two chances to
win big cash prizes. Each $2 ticket gives players a crack at winning up to
$10,000 instantly and then up to $100,000 in the nightly drawing.
In only a year, Poker Lotto is
becoming known for its fast-paced fun and big prizes with 48 players
nearly one a week winning $10,000 after being electronically dealt a
royal flush. Another 17 players hit the top prize of $100,000 in the
All told, Poker Lotto players won
more than $16.8 million instantly and another $7.7 million through the nightly
Poker Lotto offers players two great
games in every hand: a chance to win instantly right in the store and walk out
with a cash prize range from $2 to $500; plus a nightly lotto drawing with
prizes ranging from $3 to the grand prize of $100,000! Players should keep in
mind that the nightly drawing is an entirely separate game from the instant-win
game played when they purchase a ticket. Winning the instant-win game is based
on whether they are dealt a winning poker hand. The nightly drawing is
exclusively a matching game. Cards from the nightly drawing are not used to
form a winning poker hand. To win a prize in the nightly drawing, a player must
match two or more cards with the cards drawn.
SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.
MECN Report - Online Gambling Operators' Mobile Businesses Currently
Average 29% of Total Revenue
LONDON / MUNICH, (October 20, 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 (Q3 2014) MECN's researchers therefore try to crack this tough
nut and analyse several mobile KPIs and their development in recent years and
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 (across all
Mobile business makes currently
in average 29% 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
- Mobile total revenue in % of total revenue
- On average, the operators analysed generate 29% of their total
Mobile online revenue (across all segments/verticals) via mobile channels (Q2 /
H1 2014 figures). Best practice is found at Paddy Power where 52% of the
revenue comes via the mobile channels, followed by Norsk Tipping with 42%
- betting stakes/revenues in % of total
betting stakes/revenues - On average, the operators analysed generate
43% of their total online betting
Exhibit 1: Mobile revenue in % of
total revenue stakes/revenue via mobile channels (Q2 / H1 2014
Is there a maximum mobile revenue
As the mobile share is growing
constantly, the question arises whether there is a maximum total revenue share
the mobile channel can reach depending on vertical/segment. Here are the
insights from MECN's expert survey:
- Betting The experts assume
that the maximum mobile share is about 57% of total online/digital betting
- Casino The experts assume
that the maximum mobile share is about 49% of total online/digital casino
Online Gambling Quarterly -
Q3 2014 - Comprehensive quarterly report analysing updated benchmarks, KPIs,
trends, ... covering all sectors of the online gambling industry
This quarterly report covers a wide
range of topics from key company sectors, such as finance, marketing, strategy,
.... Due to this extensive coverage, the report is a must-read for executives
and departments of all companies active in the online gambling market. This
regular report offers unprecedented insights into the industry, including:
- Strategic issues - Strategic
topics, such as overall industry climate, trends, forecasts, stock development,
- Financial benchmarks - Quarterly
and half-year revenue benchmarks, EBIT, and cost benchmarks, ...
- Marketing benchmarks - Social
benchmarks, SEO benchmarks, affiliate marketing benchmarks,
- Product-related topics and benchmarking
- Growth potential for selected products, benchmarking of product
- Analyses of regions and regulated markets
- Regional analyses, such as the level of internationalization and
in-depth coverage of regulated markets, ...
- In total, the report has 105 pages and 154
The study can be obtained at
www.mecn.net or the report website
MECN is a network of experts on
issues concerning the media and entertainment industry. Together they provide
in-depth knowledge, analysis, and advice to global clients.
CONTACT: Martin Oelbermann, Tel: +49
(0)89 3835 6785, e-mail: email@example.com
Tipp24 SE 'To Create a Better World of
Tipp24 SE is ZEAL Network
LONDON, U.K. (October 20, 2014) --
Tipp24 SE takes the next step in the company's development and will be renamed
ZEAL Network SE. The proposed name change reflects the broader strategic
direction of Tipp24 after the company has expanded its operations in recent
years beyond the original end-customer business also.
Currently Tipp24 SE is active in
three business areas: First, the company consolidated sales from the
established second lottery range for consumers under the brand Tipp24.com.
Second, the Tipp24 SE of licensed
lottery providers such as state lotteries and private organizations,
business-to-business services under the brands Lottovate and Lotto Network.
Third operates Tipp24 own lottery
games, including the end of September, launched in Britain innovative
Dr. Hans Cornehl, Chief Executive
Officer of Tipp24 SE: "The change of name of the Company in ZEAL is the next
logical step in the development of our company: reflects the broader scope of
our operation and is contrary to our vision of a world with better lotteries."
Tipp24 has invited its shareholders to an Extraordinary General Meeting on 19
November 2014 in London. The only item on the agenda will be the change of name
of the company in ZEAL Network SE. If approved by the required majority, the
new name will take effect a few days later.
CONTACT: tipp24, SE Press office:
Tel +44 (0) 20 3739-7000, E-mail:
About Tipp24 SE ( www.tipp24.co.uk)
Tipp24 is a holding company
specializing in the field of online lotteries. We offer lottery-based games as
well as business-to-business solutions. Our vision is a world with better
Tipp24 SE was founded in Germany in
1999 and is headquartered in London now. Its shares are traded in the Prime
Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and are part of the SDAX. To date
Tipp24 SE has implemented stakes of around 2.5 billion euros, paid taxes, and
duties amounting to 650 million euros.
Tipp24 SE holds interests in the
following companies: Lottovate provides digital services for licensed lottery
operators worldwide (www.lottovate.com). Lotto Network provides private
organizations a platform for custom lottery products (www.lottonetwork.com).
Geolotto is an innovative geo-based lottery game in the United Kingdom
(www.geolotto.co.uk). Ventura24 is a commercial lottery agents in Spain
(www.ventura24.es). Tipp24 offers retail second lottery products
SOURCE: Tipp24 SE.