Jean-Luc Moner-Banet re-elected for second term as President of the
World Lottery Association (WLA)
BASEL, Switzerland (November 6,
2014) -- Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Loterie
Romande, was re-elected on Wednesday 5 November as the President of the World
Lottery Association (WLA). First elected to the post in 2012, Mr Moner-Banet
will press ahead with his mission at the helm of the WLA for a second two-year
term of office. Loterie Romande is delighted with Mr Moner-Banets
re-election as, for the second time, Switzerland will hold one of the topmost
positions of importance and influence on the global stage for lotteries and
During the World Lottery Summit 2014
(WLS 2014), held between 2 and 5 November in Rome, all those lottery companies
that are members of the World Lottery Association participated in elections to
renew the WLAs governing bodies. Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, first elected as
the WLAs President in September 2012, had put himself forward for a
second term of office as President. His wealth of experience in the realm of
lotteries and his dynamic vision of the key challenges on the international
stage, most especially in the arena of sports betting and the integrity of
sports, persuaded the assembled members to appoint him to the WLAs
highest office for a second term of two years.
The WLA numbers around 150 official
lottery companies (authorised State lotteries) from over 80 countries around
the globe, most of whose revenues (over 200 billion francs) are redeployed for
the public good. The WLA is the world body and authority for all things
connected to lotteries, overseeing compliance with the system of legal
concessions and supervising the integrity of games and sports betting, and
implementing the most exacting standards with regard to responsible gaming
(prevention and combating of gambling addiction) and security. The WLA plays a
front-line role in the fight against match-fixing, co-operating actively with
international institutions and the worlds leading international sporting
bodies, such as the Council of Europe, FIFA and the IOC. It also acts as an
international forum where experience and creative ideas relating to future
development of lotteries operating for the public benefit can be exchanged.
Loterie Romande is delighted with Mr
Moner-Banets re-election as, for the second time, Switzerland will hold
one of the topmost positions of importance and influence on the global stage
for lotteries and lottery companies. In an era when private companies active on
the Internet, often operating illegally, are challenging the operating business
model of officially authorised lotteries worldwide with their exclusively
public-utility role, Switzerland has a duty to be actively involved in these
matters and have a voice in the all-important debates on such fundamental
issues related to operating lottery games and sports betting. Such cooperation
is proving particularly fruitful considering the drafting of the new Swiss
Federal legislation on games of chance and gambling; it makes it possible to
place this work on drafting the new law into an international context and
ensure that regulatory good practice on a global scale can be better
Loterie Romandes Board of
Directors encouraged Jean-Luc Moner-Banet to stand again to be WLA President as
his position there does not detract from his work as Loterie Romandes CEO
in fact, quite the reverse is true. The Board acknowledges his exemplary
commitment towards formulating and developing best practice in the field of
lotteries and sports betting.
For further information on the WLA:
Contacts: Jean-Pierre Beuret,
Chairman, +41 79 332 01 00
Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, CEO, +41 79
310 78 69
Premier Names New Lotterywest CEO
Paul Andrew to take the helm at
PERTH, West Australia (November 5,
2014) -- Western Australias top surf lifesaving administrator, Paul
Andrew will take over as the new Chief Executive Officer of Lotterywest.
Premier Colin Barnett this morning
announced that Mr Andrew will take up the reins as CEO in February next year
following the retirement of Jan Stewart.
Paul has more than 30
years experience in both Government and the not-for-profit sector in WA
during which time he has built a strong commitment to the community and a
proven record of establishing, nurturing and sustaining important relationships
with the community, clients and stakeholders. He has displayed a strong
commercial focus in all of his roles, Mr Barnett said.
I congratulate him on his
appointment and am looking forward to working with him to further the very
important work that Lotterywest does in the community.
Lotterywest operates in a
competitive market, turning over close to $800 million per annum.
Proceeds from the operation of the States lottery business are returned
to the community each year through statutory and non-statutory grants where
eligible community and charitable organisations receive funding.
The CEO is responsible to the
Premier and the Lotterywest board through the chairman for the efficient and
effective management of Lotterywest.
Mr Andrew has been CEO of Surf Life
Saving WA since July 2005, and has also held senior roles at St John of God
Health Care Murdoch and the Catholic Education Office WA.
He is a director of the Western
Australian Sports Federation and member of the Australian Human Resources
Institute, past president of the City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club and a
member since 1976.
He follows Mrs Stewart who has been
at Lotterywest since 1987 and CEO since 1992.
Jan has had a remarkable
career at Lotterywest and has taken its profile and community involvement to a
very high level. Lotterywest funding is now central to so many Western
Australian events and organisations doing really excellent work in the
community, the Premier said.
Lotterywest chairman John Atkins
also welcomed Mr Andrew to the role.
I take this opportunity to
acknowledge the wonderful contribution of our current CEO Jan Stewart. I
have every confidence that Paul Andrew will prove to be a very fine successor
to Jan and will make a great contribution to the future of Lotterywest,
building on Jans outstanding legacy, Mr Atkins said.
WA is the only State where the money
raised from lottery products is distributed directly to the community to
support not-for-profit organisations
Last financial year, Lotterywest
raised $271.2 million to support the WA community including WAs public
hospitals, arts and sporting organisations and more than 1,000 community
For a full list of grants
recommended by the Lotterywest board and approved by the Premier, visit
INTRALOT Expands Its ISO 27001 & WLA SCS Certifications in
Germany, Malta, Greece & South Africa
ATHENS, Greece (November 3, 2014) --
INTRALOT has been awarded
the World Lottery Association
Security Control Standard (WLA SCS:2012) and ISO/IEC 27001:2013
certification for its operations in Germany, Malta and Greece, gradually
implementing its certification expansion strategy. The award ceremony was held
at INTRALOTs booth P4 during the WLA Annual Lottery Summit, held in Rome
on 2-5 November.
The certifications of its German
subsidiary INTRALOT Germany, MALTCO Lotteries in Malta and Hellenic Lotteries
in Greece, cover all corporate functions of each operation, formalizing the
existing management systems that control the integrity of the games and
corporate conduct as a whole.
These certifications are
complementary to the WLA SCS, ISO 27001, ISO 20000 and ISO 9001 certificates of
INTRALOT Headquarters in Athens, Greece, covering the complete life cycle of
system and service design, development, implementation, support and operation
in a particular country.
Similarly, INTRALOT Headquarters
certifications complement those of its clients, as for example in the case of
GIDANI that has recently and successfully finalized its yearly ISO 27001 and
WLA SCS certification audit.
During the award ceremony, the Chair
of the WLA SRMC Mr. Thierry Pujol, commented: INTRALOT is the first
supplier which made the choice to develop its activity in the lottery industry
business under the umbrella of the WLA SCS certification. This company is fully
involved and committed in the topics related to security and risk management
since a long time. The WLA Security and Risk Management Committee (WLA SRMC) is
really glad to maintain good relations with INTRALOT experts who are regularly
invited to participate as speakers to its WLA Security Seminars.
Mr. Jean Jorgensen, WLA Executive
Director, added:" The WLA congratulates INTRALOT and its lottery partners
with their continued strong commitment and effort to align their security and
risk management procedures along the WLA Security Control Standard."
Receiving the awards, Mr. Nikos
Nikolakopoulos, INTRALOT Group President Latin America, Western Europe &
Africa, said: We are very satisfied to have our operations certified
by the two leading organizations. INTRALOTs dedication to integrity and
the provision of quality products and services is critical to our business
success and our strategy of sustainable leadership.
The audits were performed by TUV
Nord, one of the worlds largest certification bodies which performed
on-site inspections, examining the local operations.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scientific Games Sign Contract with Tennessee Education Lottery
Corporation as Exclusive Instant Game and Services
NEW YORK, NY (November 3, 2014) --
Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today
announced it has signed a new contract to continue as the exclusive provider of
instant games and related services for the
Tennessee Education Lottery
Corporation ("the Lottery"). Under the new agreement, Scientific Games will
provide the Lottery with an instant game portfolio as well as an integrated
Cooperative Services Program (CSP) which includes instant game production,
product management support, game management systems, warehousing and
distribution, and a wide range of related services such as interactive content
and marketing research. The Lottery is currently ranked among the Top 10
highest performing lotteries in the world for instant game per capita
The new contract, which was awarded
through a competitive procurement process, continues the successful
relationship Scientific Games and the Lottery have shared since 2003. The
contract will begin January 1, 2015 with an initial term of seven years plus
seven one-year extension options.
Rebecca Hargrove, President &
CEO, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation said, "The success of our
instant product category with consumers in Tennessee has been integral to the
more than $3 billion we have raised for education programs in Tennessee since
the Lottery began 10 years ago. We look forward to continuing our team effort
with Scientific Games and our more than 5,000 retailers to offer entertainment
value to consumers in Tennessee through a superior instant game
"Our selection as the primary
instant game provider for the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation ensures
the continuation of the game design, technology innovation, and instant
category management services that have delivered 10 consecutive years of
instant product growth for the Lottery," said John Schulz, Senior Vice
President, Instant Products for Scientific Games. "We are honored to
continue to fulfill our role with the Lottery to help maximize revenues for
education in the state of Tennessee."
The Tennessee Education Lottery
Corporation generated more than $1.36 billion in total retail sales in fiscal
year 2013, which included $1.08 billion in instant game products.
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 $6.3 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
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:
Company CONTACTS: Investor
Relations, Bill Pfund< Phone: (847) 785-3167 or Media Relations, Mollie
Cole, Phone: (773) 961-1194.
SOURCE: Scientific Games.
Arizona Lottery Unveils New Logo
New Logo Conveys the Fun
and Entertaining Brand
PHOENIX, Arizona (October 30, 2014)
- The Arizona Lottery
announced today a new logo, refreshing the 33-year-old brand with a redesigned
logo and new look aimed to excite players now and in the future. The new logo
features a modern take and contemporary style, conveying the fun and
entertaining qualities of the brand.
In-depth research and analysis of
how and why players are attracted to the brand prompted the Arizona Lottery to
transform the brand and logo. Several logo options were tested with Lottery
staff, retailers and players, ultimately guiding the new look. The brand
refresh was a planned 2015 activity, scheduled to support the expansion of new
games and projected sales growth.
The new logo, designed by the
Arizona Lottery's Agency of Record LaneTerralever, conveys the fun, unexpected,
and entertaining nature of the many games the Lottery offers.
The release of the new logo and
visual brand marks a significant milestone and the start of new era for the
Arizona Lottery. The font is dynamic, offering a playful and engaging identity.
The color palette is representative of the wide-open skies and opportunities in
Arizona, as well as the rich heritage of the state. Both the red and blue
colors point back to the State flag, as does the star graphic. In addition, the
star also serves as a sign of hope -- conveying the wishing and dreaming
experienced when a player picks up an Arizona Lottery ticket. The overall
design clearly illustrates the vision and ambition for the future of the
"This exciting refresh of the
Arizona Lottery brand will make it more appealing to our enthusiastic players
and more relevant in today's marketplace," said Jessica Reimann, director
of Marketing and Advertising for the Arizona Lottery. "Ultimately, the
Lottery's goal is to continue to achieve record-breaking sales year-over-year,
which fund a variety of public programs that enrich the lives of Arizona
The rollout of the Arizona Lottery
new logo will take place over the next year and will reach all of our 2,800
retailers. New elements that will begin immediately include the website,
billboards, and digital properties.
Players must be 21 years or older to
purchase or redeem tickets. Winners have 180 days from the drawing date to
claim their prize at an Arizona Lottery office or by mail. Overall odds vary by
game. All sales are final. In accordance with the ADA, these materials may be
made available in an alternative format.
About the Arizona Lottery
The Arizona Lottery operates
entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products; it
receives no General Fund dollars from the State. Proceeds from sales of Lottery
tickets -- nearly $3.4 million per week -- fund a variety of state programs.
Since July 1981, the Arizona Lottery has paid out more than $5.8 billion in
prizes to players, more than $3 billion in net funding to the state and more
than $686 million in commissions to retailers. Learn more at ArizonaLottery.com
CONTACT: Jen Adler,
SOURCE: Arizona Lottery.
Centre for Gambling Studies Conducts First Research Study of Internet
Gambling in United States
Study to examine the
impact of legalized online gambling and assess whether problem behaviours vary
with demographics across the state
NEW JERSEY (October 30, 2014) -- The
Centre for Gambling Studies at the Rutgers University School of Social Work has
been awarded $1.2 million to conduct the first comprehensive investigation of
internet betting behaviour in the United States.
Last November, New Jersey became the
third state in the country to allow online gambling. Funded by the New Jersey
Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) in partnership with the Department of
Health and Human Services' Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services,
the three-year project project is in response to a mandate from Gov. Chris
Christie to examine the impact of Internet gambling has on problematic gambling
behaviours across the state.
New Jersey is one of only
three states where Internet gambling is legal," said Lia Nower, professor
and director of the center who also serves as the principal investigator on the
grant. "But iGaming is a new frontier and no one knows quite what to expect.
It's a real testament to the governor and the division that they're taking such
a responsible approach to evaluating potential negative impacts, and we are
really honoured to be a part of it."
The project will begin in January of
2015 with a state-wide baseline prevalence survey of a representative sample of
New Jersey residents. In the first wave of the study, a representative sample
of 1,500 adult New Jersey residents will be interviewed by cell and landline
phone and 2,000 residents will be interviewed online regarding gambling
behaviour and Internet gambling. A follow-up survey 18 months later will
evaluate any changes in past-year prevalence of Internet gambling and problem
gambling as well as changes in the characteristics of Internet gamblers.
Since the inception of
Internet gaming, the Division of Gaming Enforcement has been committed to
maintaining the highest level of responsible gaming standards, and information
from a study such as this will only help in that regard, said David
Rebuck, director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement.
In addition to the prevalence study,
the centre also will provide four yearly reports to the governor, based on
statistical analyses of the betting behaviour of gamblers across Internet
Gambling has become a $40
billion-a-year industry in the United States, generating more revenue than
movies, spectator sports, theme parks, cruise ships and recorded music
combined. The global online gambling industry is one of the most rapidly
In New Jersey, patrons can play
casino games as well as table games and poker online. Currently there are six
operating Atlantic City casino Internet gambling permit holders with 14
authorized online gambling websites available to those who establish accounts
and play within the borders of New Jersey.
Between the November 26, 2013,
launch date and September 30, 2014, gross revenues from Internet gambling
totalled $102,285.692. The state also collects a 15 percent tax on all gross
revenue from Internet gambling and a 2.5 percent tax to the Casino Reinvestment
and Development Authority (CRDA).
Unlike casino gambling,
people don't have to travel or make time to gamble on the Internet," Nower
said. "You can bet from your iPad at the breakfast table or on your work
computer or on your phone at your kid's soccer game. And you're not
handling cash so the money doesn't seem real. Our studies will identify
what type person chooses this very private form of gambling, who develops
problems, and how those problems are different from other forms of legalized
The Centre for Gambling Studies was
created in 2007 and serves as the only gambling research, policy, and training
centre in a school of social work in the nation. The centre is a non-partisan
resource for clinicians, legislators, academics, students and other
policymakers in New Jersey and internationally on gambling-related issues.
CONTACT: Beth Salamon, O:
848-932-5340, C: 908-217-7707, Email: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Rutgers, The State
University of New Jersey media release.
ABACUS Wins De Lotto
De Lotto signs three-year
rolling contract with ABACUS Solutions International to offer flexible sales
opportunities to retailers and more choice for customers during their shopping
LONDON, U.K. (November 3, 2014) --
Dutch lottery operator, De
Lotto, is the first lottery in the world to benefit from the ABACUS Fusion
Platform a game changing technology that allows retailers to integrate
its lottery technology into existing Electronic Point of Sale (EPoS) systems to
make the lottery more visible, simplify the buying process and boost lottery
Providing lottery everywhere, the
deal signals the start of an exciting chapter for the lottery industry and
offers innovation in how customers purchase their tickets and play games by
putting De Lotto at multiple touch points within the shopping experience.
As an alternative to queuing at a
dedicated lottery terminal, De Lotto customers will be able to purchase lottery
tickets using bar coded vouchers at multiple checkout lanes during the checkout
process with charges appearing on their receipt along with their other
purchases. The lottery ticket will be printed on white paper on the existing
integrated EPoS printer.
Talking about the deal, Tim Holley,
ABACUS Solutions International Chairman and former CEO of Camelot, the
operators of the UK National Lottery, added:
"The ABACUS technology solution
enables lottery tickets to be purchased at any Point of Sale terminal, so
massively increases the lottery terminal estate at a minimal cost.
technology offers lotteries huge growth potential and keeps the lottery on the
radar of customers.
CEO of ABACUS Solutions
International, Simon Butler, added:
Modern shoppers expect
convenience and with lotteries wanting to drive more sales, integrating play
options at more points of sale is the most effective way to do so.
This will enable retailers
to pick up lapsed players, occasional players and
double players who are tempted to have another go. Integrating more
options to purchase makes the lottery much more available and
The ABACUS Fusion platform presents
a simple interface and integration into existing retailer systems is minimal.
As part of the Dutch holding group,
ABACUS Solutions International Holding BV, the opportunity with De Lotto offers
ABACUS huge opportunities in the region.
De Lotto has been earning money for
sports and other charities in the Netherlands since 1961. With the brands
Lotto, Toto, Lucky Day, Krasloten (instant tickets) and Eurojackpot, De Lotto
invests in society. Annually, De Lotto donates millions to institutions in the
field of sports, culture, social welfare and public health. Over the years this
amount has increased to almost 2 billion euros.
Speaking about what the deal means
for De Lotto, Sales Director Hannelore Jager, said:
By providing lottery
everywhere for our retailers, were offering our modern customers pay and
play systems that suit their busy lifestyles.
Were looking forward
to the full integration of ABACUSs technology and changing the mind-set
of De Lotto customers.
ABACUS is unique, employing experts
from both the lottery world and the payment processing industry as well as
leading software technologists. With simplicity at their core, ABACUS systems
have an impressive speed to market and high levels of lottery and payment
The concepts, games and technology
of ABACUS work in partnership with lottery organisations and their suppliers,
enabling all parties to benefit from the changing and evolving shopping
patterns of consumer spending.
ABACUS will be exhibiting at World
Lottery Summit in Rome between 2nd and 5th November 2014 on stand number 3. To
find out more about ABACUS technology visit:
contact them on: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASA Publishes Review of Gambling Advertising
LONDON, U.K. (October 30, 2014) --
Independent research that we commissioned reveals that people are satisfied
with the way gambling advertisements are regulated. They approve of how
the rules are applied, which is in line with our objectives to protect young
people and vulnerable adults.
Weve reviewed our position on
gambling advertising in light of changes to the law which, in 2007, allowed
greater freedom to advertise gambling products.
As a result, the number of gambling
ads has increased significantly. The law recognises that gambling is a
legitimate leisure activity but one that needs to be properly regulated to
protect against harm. It was timely, therefore, to conduct a review to
determine whether our decisions on complaints about gambling ads have been set
in the right place.
As part of the Review we
commissioned an independent agency, Research Works Ltd, to look into the
publics views on gambling advertising. We also scrutinised all its
decisions on gambling advertising complaints from the past year.
The research revealed that, in
nearly all instances, our decision-making was in line with public opinion.
Respondents also broadly considered that the UK advertising rules appropriately
covered their concerns about when gambling ads should appear and what they can
The wider review has identified some
advertising issues that warrant further consideration.
- Concerns over whether gambling sales promotions are
always clearly and accurately advertised;
- Whether some ads indirectly feature themes that
link gambling to toughness, resilience and recklessness (all of which are
prohibited by the rules), and
- If we can take more proactive steps to challenge
potential breaches of the rules not raised by complainants
In response to these issues,
well now prioritise potential breaches relating to sales promotions in
gambling ads; be more proactive on issues relating to social responsibility and
continue to work closely with the Department for Culture Media and Sport and
the Gambling Commission to ensure a joined up approach.
Guy Parker, Chief Executive, said:
Were pleased our decisions are in line with peoples
opinions but were not complacent: there are areas we need to examine
further as part of our commitment to ensure every UK ads a responsible
Read the ASA's Review in full (PDF)
Read the independent research report
Public Perception of Gambling Advertising in the UK
SOURCE: Advertising Standards
WyoLotto Offer Players Online Tools to Start a Lottery
CHEYENNE, Wyoming (November 3, 2014)
-- Lottery pools spring up like mushrooms when jackpots reach levels at which
even a split pot would make a difference in a persons life. Currently,
the Mega Millions® jackpot is an estimated $321 million and the Powerball
jackpot is an estimated $178 million, making pools an attractive option for
improving each members odds.
The Wyoming Lottery Corporation has
launched WyoLotto Pool Play to provide tips and fun downloadable
resources for everyone. Downloads, available at wyolotto.com, include signup
sheets, posters, tips and pool rules.
Lottery pools are popular
not just because they increase each members odds of winning,
said Jon Clontz, Wyoming Lottery CEO. They also maximize the
Clontz noted that there are friends
and coworkers pooling their money and playing together right now. Our
web site is offering information and tools to help others get in on the fun and
excitement of being part of a pool. Weve created tools players need to
start a pool at work or with friends.
To help spread the word about Pool
Play, the lottery is holding a $5,000 drawing in December. All pools that sign
up online at wyolotto.com by Dec. 14 will be entered for a chance to win and
Pools are all about people
coming together to have fun, Clontz said. Whether the
winning pools participants divvy up the $5,000, use it to throw an office
party, or spend it on lottery tickets, it will certainly be a fun win for the
Recent examples of pools that have
hit it big include an office pool in Pennsylvania that won $2 million in the
Oct. 22 Powerball drawing and another in Green Bay, Wisconsin that won $1
million in the Aug. 27 Powerball drawing.
Clontz encourages pool
organizers to considering the following when creating a lottery
- Pick a leader. Pick a leader who will be in charge
of the lottery pool and who will buy the tickets, make copies, keep track of
- Create a team agreement. Creating a group agreement
that spells out whos playing and individual contributions. Have all
participants sign it.
- Publicize it. Post a list of all participants so
theres no uncertainty about whos involved and who isnt.
- Keep the tickets secure. Keep the original tickets
in a safe place.
- Go to wylotto.com for more information and
resources that will help your pool.
The Wyoming Lottery has also
produced an informative rack card that provides useful tips about forming
lottery pools. The rack card is available at WyoLotto retailers statewide.
About the Wyoming Lottery
The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a
corporate business entity established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative
session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead last March. The corporation
operates as a private business and does not employ state employees or use state
tax money. State law requires the first $6 million of Lottery revenue to be
distributed to cities, towns and counties based on Wyoming's sales tax formula.
Any additional earnings will be deposited into the state's Permanent Land
Fund's Common School Account.
SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery.
The Quality Group Lottery Technology Systems
TQG-LotterySuite, an End-to-End central lottery system, at the World Lottery
Association Summit 2014 in Rome
ROME, Italy (November 3, 2014) --
The Quality Group - Lottery Technology Systems GmbH is presenting its
End-to-End central lottery system for the state-licensed lottery market, at the
WLA Summit 2014 in Rome.
TQG-LTS has developed a complete
End-to-End lottery system that provides all of the functions and applications
needed for the operation of a thoroughly reliable, future-oriented lottery.
TQG-LTS is presenting its standard
software solution, which features Innovation Performance
Quality at its best at stand 24, in Rome.
|Presenting the TQG-LotterySuite, an End-to-End central lottery
system, at the World Lottery Association Summit 2014 in
The TQG-LotterySuite is independent
from terminal, server, operating system and browser. It is highly configurable,
fully scalable, multilingual and multi-client capable. With its thin client
terminal software TQG-LTS is setting new standards. TQG has been an established
and certificated software company for over two decades now, constantly going
far beyond statutory requirements.
The World Lottery Association is a
worldwide membership organization which represents the interests of
state-licensed lotteries. The WLA bases its values on compliance with the
highest standards of Corporate Responsibility - with 'WLA Responsible Gaming
Principles' and 'WLA Responsible Gaming Framework' as well as respect
for all existing legal systems.
TQG-LTS meets the stringent
requirements WLA membership demands.
Continuous, high quality investment
in the lottery industry, as well as the expert skills and experience of TQG-LTS
employees and superb levels of customer satisfaction have allowed TQG-LTS to
gain recognition as being a highly innovative company.
TQG-LTS is delighted to be taking
part in the WLA Summit in Rome and anticipates generating considerable
If you have any queries, please do
not hesitate to CONTACT: The Quality Group GmbH Presseabteilung, Claudia
Köhler: +49-40-689468-41, +49-172 4091613, Email:
SOURCE: The Quality Group. (www.tqg-lts.com).
Karma Announce New Lottery Game Innovations Ahead of World Lottery
Summit in Rome
HALIFAX, Canada (October 30, 2014)
- Karma Gaming International is excited to announce the launch of a new
category of next-generation lottery games- Crossword Hidden Object, based on
Karma's patent-pending technology.
Crossword-style instant win games
are considered an evergreen lottery product category, while Hidden Object games
are a popular sub-genre within puzzle-style games, popular on Facebook, tablet
and mobile devices. By merging crossword with Hidden Object-style puzzle casual
games, Karma has created a lottery game category for the casual gaming
The first two titles - Haunted Hotel
and Secrets of the Pyramids - hold the distinction as being the first-ever
episodic lottery games, featuring storylines played out over multiple
Each level contains a hidden object
puzzle and a crossword. Players must uncover hidden letters within the puzzle
to solve the crossword to win real-money. Players can also uncover additional
bonus cash mini-games, as well as hidden clues to solve the mystery storyline,
including hidden notes and artifacts.
Karma's games can be played across
all devices and are available in HTML5, Flash or native iOS.
"Karma has gained deep
understanding of how to effectively combine the thrill of winning and gambling,
with the entertainment value of gaming," said Jay Aird, Karma's Chief
Innovation Officer. "Word-based games and puzzle games are universally
popular among lottery players and casual gamers alike, and also share similar
"Lotteries around the world are
suffering from an aging player base and a lack of relevance among younger
audiences," said Paul LeBlanc, Chief Executive Officer of Karma Gaming. "By
reimagining a familiar lottery instant win game as a casual game, we are making
lottery relevant to the digital generation."
Karma will be showcasing
Haunted Hotel at the upcoming World Lottery Summit in Rome. Haunted Hotel and
Secrets of the Pyramids are available through Karma directly as well as through
Karma's distribution partners, such as GTECH and Scientific Games.
About Karma Gaming
Karma Gaming International is the
leader in next-generation lottery games. Karma creates gaming experiences which
can be played cross-platform, designed to appeal to the digital generation. The
products merge the fun and skill of casual gaming with the chance to win real
SOURCE: Karma Gaming
Bookmakers announce further Player Protection
LONDON, UK (November 3, 2014) --
Today, the UK's major High Street Bookmakers and Gaming Machine Suppliers have
committed to additional voluntary measures to further promote responsible
gambling on gaming machines, by enhancing player controls.
Gaming Machine customers will be
compelled to make a choice as to whether they wish to set a time and/or money
limit prior to game play.
This will be achieved via a
mandatory message requiring the player to either select limits or not and, for
those who choose not to, automated machine alerts will be generated following
30 minutes of game play or, following the loss of £250.
These new measures have been
introduced following recent research which revealed that the setting of
self-imposed limits is the most effective way to help players remain in
control. The data shows that while only a small percentage of players presently
utilise the set limits functionality, a high percentage of these will stop
gambling at or before the limit they have chosen.
Research and industry figures also
show that "pre-commitment" is an important tool for people wishing to control
or limit their gambling. (1)
The industry has therefore, on a
voluntary basis, concluded that in line with its commitment to the highest
standards of responsible gambling, to increase the prominence of the set limits
These latest improvements to gaming
controls are born from the player behaviour data now available post the
implementation of the ABB's Code for Responsible Gambling and, the independent
research findings of the Responsible Gambling Trust. (2)
These changes will also be supported
by a focussed in-shop campaign to encourage more customers to set limits and,
to see setting limits as an integral part of a normal approach to gaming
machine play. The centrepiece of this campaign will be a Responsible Gambling
Week in January 2015 which will coincide with the new measures being introduced
at the end of the month.
James Henderson, CEO William Hill,
Richard Glynn, CEO Ladbrokes, Carl Leaver, Group CEO Gala Coral and Andy McCue,
CEO Designate Paddy Power said: Evidence available from the current
machine controls shows that voluntary limits help machine customers to stay in
control of their gambling so its up to us to encourage more people
to make use of them. That is precisely what these new measures should
Paul Darling Chairman of the ABB
said: "We have listened closely to public and political concerns about
gaming machines, and this action is building on our evolving commitment to
responsible gambling measures. These are not minor changes, but significant and
substantive improvements to player protection based on evidence. Our research
says loud and clear that voluntary limits are the best way to ensure players
stay in control, which is why we are acting decisively to promote them with our
We are determined to
protect vulnerable people while at the same time offering fun and enjoyment to
the millions of people in this country who enjoy betting.
Over 40,000 retail staff have
already been re-trained in responsible gambling measures over the last 12
months and, following this latest initiative, a further substantive training
exercise will again be carried out in readiness for January.
1 The latest industry figures show
75 per cent of players setting a monetary alert either stop playing or continue
playing but do not put in any more money. And over 85 per cent of players
setting a voluntary time limit either stop playing or stop putting in any more
cash when they reach that limit.
2 Independent research carried out
earlier this year by Professor Alex Blaszczynski of the University of Sydney
commented positively on voluntary setting of limits as a means of controlling
The report, Operator Based
Approaches to Harm Minimisation in Gambling, co-authored by Adrian Parke,
Jonathan Parke and Jane Rigbye, found that pre-commitment is a useful
tool for a proportion of gamblers to assist in limiting time and money spent
It continued: Educating
gamblers on the nature and aims of pre-commitment should be promoted widely to
the general population of gamblers to increase its use and
Hilary Douglas - Campaigns
Association of British
T: 07867 179 163/ 0207 434 2111
SOURCE: Association of British
Unibet Sponsors 2014 British Poker Awards
LONDON, UK (November 4, 2014) -- The
organisers of the British Poker Awards (www.thebritishpokerawards.com) are
proud to announce Unibet as the headline sponsor for 2014.
Unibet joins Bluff Europe magazine,
PokerNews, PokerStrategy, RankingHero and CalvinAyre.com, in celebrating the
best of British poker.
"We're genuinely delighted to
have the chance to sponsor the British Poker Awards - the UK is our fastest
growing market and being a London-based company, it's a great opportunity for
Unibet to get more involved in UK poker," said Martin Stalros, Unibet Head
"The BPA is something we look out
for at the start of each year and I think most British players would agree that
it's the most important annual awards we have for poker. It also happens to be
the most entertaining, and we'll be doing our best to make sure that can still
be said for at least another year!" he added.
"Unibet is dedicated to British
Poker and working hard to put the fun back into poker," said Bluff Europe
editor-in-chief Michael Caselli. "This makes them a perfect fit for a
ceremony that is the highlight of any player's social calendar."
Poker fans still have time to vote
for their favourite players, poker rooms, tournaments and more in 13 readers
choice categories at www.thebritishpokerawards.com, including the brand new
video category 'Hand of the Year'.
Nominees have been selected by an
impartial panel of poker media, comprised of PokerNews' Matthew Pitt,
PokerStrategy.com's Barry Carter, CalvinAyre.com's Lee Davy, RankingHero's
Nicolas Levi, Late Night Poker creator Nic Szeremeta and 'Voice of Poker' Jesse
To vote for the awards and get a
chance to win a seat at the star-studded event, visit
www.thebritishpokerawards.com, where players can also find updates on the
upcoming ceremony, including news of a special panel award.
About The British Poker
The British Poker Awards is an
annual event created in order to honour the best poker players, leagues, clubs
and tournaments in the UK. Organised by Bluff Europe, in association with
several other media outlets including Pokernews, PokerStrategy, RankingHero and
CalvinAyre.com to ensure impartiality, nominees are chosen by a committee of
journalists, before being put to public online vote. Players and industry
figures are then invited to attend an awards presentation ceremony.
The UK's professional Basketball League partners with
Sportradar becomes preferred
betting data partner of British Basketball League
LONDON, UK (October 31, 2014) --
Today, the British Basketball League (BBL) are pleased to announce the
appointment of Sportradar as their preferred betting data partner for the
This exciting development for the
League will see BBL fans benefit directly from the partnership with Sportradar
committing to increase the number of games covered this season by BBL TV from
its previous 30 to 45.
The British Basketball League, often
abbreviated to the BBL, is the premier men's professional basketball league in
the United Kingdom representing 13 teams from England and Scotland. The teams
compete for the national title during the regular season and post-season
Play-offs, as well as for the BBL Cup and the BBL Trophy.
Sportradar are the world's leading
supplier of sports and betting related data. The brand are experts at
understanding and leveraging the power of sports data and digital content for
its clients around the world, providing cutting-edge solutions and services to
media companies, bookmakers, sports federations and state authorities.
Commenting on the partnership, the
League's Commercial Director David Leyden Dunbar said: "This is such a
positive news story at the beginning of the 2014/15 Season, where we've been
able to deliver a partnership which all BBL fans can benefit from instantly.
This season we've strived to improve BBL TV's output but the addition of 15
extra live games has only been made possible through Sportradar's investment
Sportradar's Managing Director Data
& Licensing, Johannes Ranke had this to add: "The British Basketball
League is such an exciting league, with teams from Glasgow down to Plymouth and
one that a lot of the up and coming talent of the UK look up to. The
opportunity to help in the development and growth of UK basketball is an
exciting one, and we are proud that our partnership will see the league's
channel broadcast 50 % more matches than it did last season".
About the British Basketball
The BBL - British Basketball League
- is an independent company, owned by its member clubs, which has run the top
men's professional league in the UK since 1987. It operates a system of
franchises over the UK stretching from Plymouth in the south west to Glasgow
north of the border.
The BBL is a major contributor to
the development of the sport at all levels and its member clubs place a large
emphasis on work undertaken in their local communities.
The 2014/15 season will be the
League's 28th and promises to be the most successful to date both on and off
the playing court.
About Sportradar Security
Sportradar is a global leader in
understanding and leveraging the power of sports data and digital content for
its clients around the world. The company's Security Services operation
provides the Fraud Detection System (FDS) to several federations, including the
AFC, CONCACAF and UEFA. This unique system allows the Security Services team to
monitor betting behaviour and patterns worldwide and to identify suspicious
activities. Those findings prove invaluable for sports federations and law
enforcement agencies that are looking to pinpoint match-fixers. The Security
Services also include the Fraud Prevention Service (FPS) through which
Sportradar offers education tools and services that have been delivered to
leagues and clubs around the world. These have been show to increase awareness
of illegal betting and match-fixing among those involved in sport.
More than 600 businesses in over 80
countries rely on Sportradar's data depth and quality services in their daily
business. Headquartered in Switzerland, Sportradar has offices in more than 25
locations around the world and employs over 750 highly experienced staff
Contact: Alex Inglot
Head of Communications
Phone: +44 203 695 22 14
666BET becomes FA Cup sponsor of non-league Super
Online bookmaker invests in
grass roots by partnering Basingstoke Town, Gosport Borough, Weston-super-Mare,
AFC Fylde, East Thurrock United and Norton United
ISLE OF MAN (November 5, 2014) --
666BET.com has signed sponsorship deals with six non-league clubs playing in
this weekends FA Cup first round.
The FA Cup partnerships will see the
online bookmakers logo appear on the kits of a selection of sides from
across the country and the non-league pyramid.
The 666BET Super Six
are: Conference South trio Basingstoke Town, Gosport Borough and
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Premier League Division One South.
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board advertising for the sides playing at home.
The teams will have the 666BET logo
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who will wear the logo on the back of shirt and shorts respectively. These two
deals will also apply to league games until the end of the season.
AFC Fylde have created a limited run
of the special edition FA Cup shirts, which will be worn at Plymouth Argyle.
They are being sold for £20.22, the price reflecting the year the
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We hope that by attracting
a major betting brand who have partnerships with Premier League clubs that this
shows the increase in the profile of AFC Fylde.
Since launching in summer 2014,
666BET has signed Harry Redknapp as its brand ambassador and he stars in the
companys TV advertising alongside Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star
It has betting partnerships with
Premier League sides Leicester City and West Bromwich lbion, as well as
sponsoring League One Leyton Orients shirt.
666BET is also official betting
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Civic Hall from November 8-16, 2014, and the firm recently sponsored
Newmarkets Bunbury Cup and a number of high profile boxing fights.
666BET is offering money back on all
losing outright FA Cup bets if selections lose to a non-league team at any
stage of the competition.
666BET.com is a fully registered
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