INTRALOT Expands Its WLA SCS & ISO 27001 Certification in the USA
ATHENS, Greece (March 25, 2015) --
INTRALOT has been awarded
the World Lottery Association
Security Control Standard (WLA SCS:2012) and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification
for its operations in the United States of America and Victoria Australia, in
line with the Group strategy to expand its certifications in various
jurisdictions where the company operates.
The certifications of its US
subsidiary, INTRALOT Inc., and the Australian INTRALOT Gaming Services Pty Ltd.
(IGS) that operates in Victoria, 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.
INTRALOT Inc. currently supports 12
lotteries in the US, while INTRALOT Gaming Services (IGS) operates the
monitoring system of 27,500 EGMs in Victoria through its iGEM electronic
"INTRALOT Group is an industry
leader in the area of information security, contributing to the shaping of the
good practices internationally", said Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos, INTRALOT
Group Chief Operating Officer and continued, "Within this context we have
decided to expand the WLA certification at strategic locations across the world
to offer our customers the confidence they need regarding the security of the
provided systems. We will retain our leading position in the security field and
will remain committed to our strategy to develop products and services in
compliance with the highest global security standards."
The Chair of the WLA SRMC Mr.
Thierry Pujol, commented: "Obtaining a WLA SCS:2012 certification for a
lottery or a supplier in our industry represents a high-level process of
security. We are now 64 lotteries and 9 suppliers certified worldwide and
interest in the WLA-SCS is still increasing. INTRALOT is fully involved in its
procedures to maintain transparency for its stakeholders. Respect of Integrity
is the main value of our activity. Congratulations to INTRALOT!"
Mr. Jean Jorgensen, WLA Executive
Director, added: "I would like to congratulate INTRALOT for the most recent
certification of its US subsidiary, INTRALOT Inc., and of its Australian
operation, INTRALOT Gaming Services Pty Ltd. In 2008 INTRALOT became the first
lottery supplier to be certified to the WLA-SCS. Since then, INTRALOT has
continued to expand the scope of their certification to include their various
operations around the world. These most recent certifications demonstrate
INTRALOT's firm and continuing commitment to the security and integrity of the
global lottery industry."
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. The audits were performed by TUV Nord, one of the
world's largest certification bodies which performed on-site inspections,
examining the local operations."
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 info: Ms. Persa Kartsoli,
Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax:
+30-210 6106800, email: email@example.com - www.intralot.com
Gaming Laboratories International Granted Conditional Independent
Testing Laboratory Certification by Massachusetts Gaming
LAKEWOOD, New Jersey (March 20,
2015) - Gaming Laboratories International
(GLI®) was granted conditional independent testing laboratory
certification, pursuant to Massachusetts regulations 205 CMR 144.06 during
today's Massachusetts Gaming Commission Public Meeting #147. Full certification
is expected to be issued contingent on the outcome of a full background
investigation and review by the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau.
The conditional independent testing
laboratory certification granted to GLI by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission
(MGC) enables GLI to immediately begin to execute independent testing and
certification services on behalf of the MGC.
GLI President James Maida said,
"We commend the MGC's consistent and open communication with staff as GLI
endeavored towards this certification, and GLI stands ready and able to assist
the MGC in meeting its regulatory objectives."
GLI serves more than 475 global
jurisdictions, more than 130 of which exclusively accept GLI certification
About Gaming Laboratories
For 25 years, Gaming Laboratories
International, LLC has continuously delivered THE best quality land-based and
iGaming testing and consulting services with supreme accuracy while reducing
time to market.
With 20 laboratory locations spread
across Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South
America, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and
international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and
17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery
For more information, visit:
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Worldwide Marketing +1 (702) 914-2220, Email:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
NZ Lotteries Create More Fun for Players with 2nd Chance
Turn a non-winning Instant
Kiwi ticket into cash
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (March 21,
2015) -- Ten lucky Instant Kiwi players from around the country have scratched
their way into Lotto New Zealand history as the very first winners of 2nd
2nd Chance gives anyone with a
non-winning Instant Kiwi ticket another shot at turning their ticket into cash,
by entering it into an online draw to win one of 10 weekly prizes of
Were always thinking
about how we can create a bit more fun for our players, said Ben
Coney, Lotto NZs Chief Innovation and Technology Officer.
Now customers get a second
chance to turn their Instant Kiwi ticket into cash just by scanning the barcode
with their phone.
The first 2nd Chance draw took place
on Tuesday and 10 Instant Kiwi players from around the country have turned a
non-winning ticket into a nice little earner, winning a cheeky little $1,000
The launch of 2nd Chance follows on
from the successful launch of the Lotto NZ App in June last year, which put the
power of an in-store ticket checker in the hands of Lotto players for the first
The ticket-checking app is
already really popular with our players and has been downloaded over 115,000
times, said Mr Coney.
With 10 weekly prizes of
$1,000 cash up for grabs, 2nd Chance is shaping up to be just as
Players can enter 2nd Chance by
simply scanning the barcode on the front of any non-winning Instant Kiwi ticket
using the Lotto NZ App, or by signing into their MyLotto account and manually
entering the ticket serial number.
The Lotto NZ App is available for
both Apple and Android smartphones. To download the app, search Lotto
NZ in the App Store or visit mobileapp.mylotto.co.nz to download the
SOURCE: NZ Lotteries.
More Ways to Win Cash Playing Pick-3 from the New Jersey Lottery in
TRENTON, New Jersey (March 23, 2015)
The Pick-3 game is one of
New Jerseys longest
running and most popular games with players. Since its inception in 1977,
Pick-3 has maintained its position as a top ticket seller and ranks first in
sales among all draw games including the multi-state games. Spring is a
favorite time of year for Pick-3 players because the Green Ball Double
Draw promotion provides them with more opportunities to win cash. The
promotion will run from March 23 through April 5.
The Green Ball promotion
is certain to increase prizes and here is how it works:
- Each midday and evening during the promotion after
the regular Pick-3 drawing, a subsequent drawing will be conducted from a
separate machine that contains 9 or less white balls (exact number is
determined by how many have previously been removed during the course of the
promotion) and 1 Green Ball starting with a total of 10 balls.
- If a white ball is drawn, it will be removed, and
the next drawing will be from the remaining white balls and 1 Green Ball. A
white ball will be removed each drawing until the Green Ball is drawn.
- If the Green Ball is selected, a second set of
Pick-3 numbers will be drawn, giving players a second chance to win from their
original Pick-3 wagers. Whenever the Green Ball is drawn, all 10 balls are
replaced for the next Pick-3 drawing, where the process starts over.
Watch New Jersey Lottery drawings
for Pick-3, Pick-4, Jersey Cash 5, Pick-6 XTRA, and CASH4LIFE from the Lottery
website homepage (NJLottery.com), or on the official Lottery Facebook Page.
Evening drawings, with the exception of CASH4LIFE, can be seen on WPIXTV
(PIX11) in New York and WPHL-TV (PHL17) in Philadelphia. Powerball and Mega
Millions drawings can be seen on WABC-TV stations.
About the New Jersey
Since its inception in 1970, the New
Jersey Lottery (NJLottery.com) has contributed more than $23 billion to the
State in support of education and institutions. In Fiscal Year 2014, the
Lotterys contribution was more than $965 million. Among its beneficiaries
are: veterans homes, colleges and universities, school nutrition programs,
homes for the developmentally disabled, psychiatric hospitals, higher education
scholarship programs and the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf.
SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.
Quick Keno: The Instant Game of Playing & Winning, Still Gaining
MALTA (March 16, 2015) --
Maltco Lotteries offers a
number of exciting games attracting various people from all sectors. Some find
their thrill in the anticipation of winning until the draw day is due, and
others prefer to play and know whether they have won or not, immediately.
It is in this second category that
one can place the Quick Keno game, introduced by Maltco Lotteries in 2004. As
years went by, not only did this game continue to grow and evolve but also, for
many reasons, it has easily become one of the most sought after games.
It is not just for the wide chance
of winning in this game that brought this game to such popularity, but also for
the convenient way the player can purchase his ticket, and sit down comfortably
with his favorite numbers in hand, waiting to find out if he won or not within
a few minutes. If he happens to be a winner, he can instantly exchange his
ticket with the winning amount given to him immediately, and all this, after
only a few minutes of him entering the Maltco shop.
An exciting game like this could
only be made possible thanks to the heavy investment Maltco Lotteries has done
in its IT and network system, covering all shops in Malta and Gozo.
As already mentioned, during the
past eleven years Quick Keno has grown drastically and is still gaining
popularity amongst the Maltese community. Many discover and try their luck at
this game when purchasing tickets for yet another game, (Lotto or Super 5), and
while they're playing their lucky numbers, they realise that in a minute or two
there's a Quick Keno draw, and so they buy a ticket for this immediate game.
Statistics show that both men and
women love playing this game equally, with the most common factor being that
Quick Keno serves as the perfect break in a relaxed environment, and away from
the hectic daily routine.
There are many ways of how to play
this game. For starters it doesn't require any particular craft or technique,
instead all one needs is to choose twelve favourite numbers from 1 to 80, of
which 20 are drawn in each draw. The more matching numbers the more money they
win. One can play in various ways and so it is recommended that new players
seek all the information related from the shop Agent in order to be guided best
in this simple but most excited game.
Two examples of how one can play are
the Play Hi and Play Low, in which the player will bet that 12 out of the 20
numbers drawn next will be either between 1 and 40 (Play Low) or between 41 and
80 (Play Hi).
Each ticket costs 50 cents and the
players will also have the possibility to choose to play either on low odds and
win a small amount of money, or they could choose to play on the bigger odds
and win more.
The process of each game takes about
five minutes and one could buy his ticket up till the very last 30 seconds
before the draw, this means that the player will know if he won or not in such
Players describe the Quick Keno as
an exciting game played in a pleasant environment Maltco shops nowadays offer,
thanks to the new gaming perception introduced on the Maltese Islands.
All Maltco Agents are trained, well
informed and always ready to help with any enquiries regarding all games
including Quick Keno, however one can also find all related information on
The Quick Keno game can be played
from all the Maltco Lotteries shops and from all authorized sellers.
A very important factor one should
mention is that to play and win with Maltco Lotteries one does not need
registration, and all winners will be given the entitled winning amount upon
presentation of the ticket.
SOURCE: Maltco Lotteries.
La Fleur's 2015 World Lottery Almanac
ROCKVILLE, Maryland (March 19, 2015)
- The La Fleur's 2015 World Lottery Almanac has been released and will begin
shipping on Tuesday, March 24th. The 2015 World Lottery Almanac book costs $850
plus shipment costs. With the required purchase of the 2015 World Lottery
Almanac book, there are additional options to purchase the Excel Database. You
can purchase the LaFleur's 2015 World Lottery Almanac by
clicking this link
The 448-page La Fleur's 2015 World
Lottery Almanac is the complete reference source on the $284 billion worldwide
This edition features the Internet
& Mobile Report, showcasing the calendar 2014 vs. 2013 total online sale
& instant online sales for lotteries worldwide. The tables examine online
sales as a percentage of a lottery's total sales & total instant sales.
Growth is also measure by a 2014 versus 2013 analysis of online sales.
Section I features a "Fast Facts"
compilation of data on North American lotteries, including start up history,
guide to product mix, government profits earmarking including by program, and
video lottery terminal guide.
Section II features four-page
profiles on 45 U.S., five Canadian and six Australasian lotteries. Each profile
traces the lottery's calendar 2014 versus 2013 sales by game (instant, 3-digit,
4-digit, lotto, keno, VLTs, niche games), its calendar 2014 versus 2013 instant
sales by price point ($1, $2, $3, $4, $5, $7, $10, $20) and its projected
fiscal 2015 versus fiscal 2014 ad budgets by media and by game.
Each profile tracks the lottery's
five-year annual sales by game from fiscal 2010 through fiscal 2014. Each
profile features the number and the percentage of total, instant and draw
retailers by type of business, plus each retailer's fiscal 2014 total, instant
and draw sales.
Section III is divided into seven
chapters: worldwide lottery sales; fiscal 2014 sales, profit and expense
analysis; the retailer network; ad expenditures; historical analysis;
contractor survey; and calendar 2014 U.S. lotteries' weekly sales by game.
The worldwide lottery sales chapter
tracks calendar 2014 traditional game sales and VLT net machine income in local
currency and converted to U.S. currency for 180 lotteries worldwide, including
rankings by total and per capita sales for instant, lotto, total, keno, toto
and draw games. There is a separate section on VLT net machine income
The historical analysis section
features the U.S., Canadian and Australian lotteries' annual sales by year for
the past decade for instant, pulltab, 3-digit numbers, 4-digit numbers,
in-state lotto, cash lotto, bloc lotto, Powerball, Mega Millions, fast draw and
daily keno and video lottery terminals.
The contractor guide features a
monetary guide to U.S. lotteries' instant ticket and draw system contracts. In
addition, there is a worldwide guide to instant printers and terminal system
contracts by lottery organization.
The appendix includes a glossary of
SOURCE: La Fleur.
Arizona Joins 13 Other States for New MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES'
CLUB Multi-State Lottery Scratch Ticket Game
PHOENIX, Arizona (March 23, 2015)
--"MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB," the first-of-its kind television game show
will launch a new multi-state companion lottery scratch ticket in Arizona
joining 13 other states in the new game. The new MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB
lottery scratch ticket created by Scientific Games under license from Hasbro,
Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) will debut in Arizona on April 7 just in time for the new
premiere date of "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" television show on 3TV KTVK in
Phoenix on Saturday, March 28, and FOX 11 KMSB in Tucson on Sunday, March 29
(check local listings for time).
The "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB"
television game show is hosted by actor, comedian and television star Billy
Gardell ("Mike & Molly," "You, Me and Dupree"), and co-hosted by Todd
Newton ("Family Game Night," "Hollywood Showdown").
"This lottery scratch game
captures the essence and fun of the 'MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB' television
game show that has already started production in Las Vegas," said Steve
Saferin, president of properties group and chief creative officer for
Scientific Games. "The studio audience reaction to the show has been wildly
enthusiastic, and there's no better way to celebrate the 80th anniversary of
MONOPOLY than to give fans of the game yet another way to play."
Scientific Games Productions recently kicked off production
on "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las
Vegas inside a custom-built, 48,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art structure.
Gardell stood atop the multi-million dollar LED floor displaying the iconic
MONOPOLY board before an audience of winners from participating state
lotteries, and guided contestants through their journey to possibly win $1
During the first week of production,
the show had its first two $1 million winners and awarded a grand total of over
$3.5 million in cash and prizes.
"I've never seen anything like
watching these contestants win this life-changing amount of money," said
Gardell. "It is hands-down one of the best experiences I've had in my
"In my 20 years of producing TV
game shows, this is definitely the most overwhelming response from an audience
based on how quickly two new millionaires were minted during these
tapings," said Scott St. John, executive producer. "No other show I've
produced -- or seen -- has ever given away this much prize money this
"Scratch games are very popular
with Arizona Lottery players," said Tony Bouie, executive director of the
Arizona Lottery. "Nothing makes us happier than providing an opportunity to
generate more Arizona winners."
With a live studio audience made up
of the winners and their guests, totaling almost 400 people each day, including
ten winners from Arizona, contestants were selected at random from the
registered trip winners to play a series of games, each offering cash and other
prizes, with a total value of up to $2.5 million per episode. The final round
offers a single lucky contestant a shot at a $1 million prize.
Plus, each section of the audience
shares in their contestant's winnings from the show. Gardell and local segment
game host Todd Newton led contestant play in games such as Community Chest,
Ride the Rails and Electric Company, and between the national and local show
segments, handed out cash and prizes worth over $3.5 million during the first
week of production.
With the launch of the new scratch
ticket, Arizona players can try and qualify to win a four-night, five-day trip
for two to Las Vegas with accommodations at the Planet Hollywood Resort &
Casino, and the chance to compete on the game show by registering their
MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB lottery scratch tickets online at www.playmmc.com
to build MONOPOLY-themed Lottery Property Sets that earn them entries into a
random drawing to participate.
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation
(NASDAQ: SGMS) 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; server-based lottery
and gaming systems; electronic gaming machines, game content and systems; table
games products and utilities; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards
programs; and social, mobile and interactive content and services. For more
information, please visit: www.scientificgames.com.
SOURCE: Arizona Lottery.
New Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket from Massachusetts State
Lottery Offers Unprecedented All Access Garden Party Pass
BOSTON, Massachusetts (March 25,
2015) -- The Massachusetts State Lottery and the TD Garden today announced they
are teaming up on a unique new $5 scratch ticket that will give
players the chance to win over $30.7 million in instant cash and second chance
prizes, including the unprecedented opportunity to win exclusive access to
every single ticketed event held at the TD Garden for an entire year
The Ultimate Garden Party Instant
Ticket, which goes on sale Tuesday, March 31 at Lottery retailers statewide,
offers four (4) top instant prizes of $250,000 and over 1.8 million instant
prizes ranging from $5 to $10,000.
The new $5 game also features four
(4) Second Chance Drawings through which players can enter their non-winning
tickets for chances to win the first-of-its-kind All Access Garden Party Pass
that includes two premium seats to each ticketed event held at the TD Garden
for one full year (all regular season and postseason professional and amateur
sporting events, concerts, circus and family shows and more), one premium
parking space for each event and $25,000 in cash. Additional Second Chance
prize packages include premium seats at a selection of TD Garden events,
behind-the-scenes tours of the TD Garden and cash.
To celebrate the launch of the new
Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket, the Lottery and the TD Garden are giving
fans the opportunity to have their Ultimate Garden Party
Dream realized. Fans are invited to describe in 250 words or less
what their ultimate dream experience at the TD Garden would be. While every
component of their dream might not be able to be fulfilled, one person will be
chosen to win a TD Garden experience that is related to their Ultimate Garden
Party Dream. All entries must be submitted via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries are being accepted from Wednesday, March 25
through Tuesday, April 7 at 5 p.m. The winner will be announced via
the www.facebook.com/mastatelottery and Twitter accounts
With a print run of over 8 million
tickets, sales from the $5 Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket are expected to
reach nearly $40 million and generate more than $6.4 million in local aid
revenues available for Massachusetts 351 cities and towns.
To learn more about the Ultimate
Garden Party Instant Ticket and its Second Chance Drawings, pick up a game
brochure at any of the Lotterys 7,500 sales agent locations across the
state or visit www.masslottery.com , where you will also find details and
official rules for the Ultimate Garden Party Dream contest.
SOURCE: Massachusetts State
Malta iGaming Seminar Announce 2015 Dates
MIGS15 to take place on
ST JULIAN'S, Malta (March 19, 2015)
-- The Malta iGaming Seminar partners have announced that MIGS15 will be held
between the 17th and 19th of November in St. Julian's. Speaking about his
group's plans for MIGS15, Kris Baron, Partner of Capstone Group, said:
"MIGS15 will be bigger and better. We have planned to have double the amount
of expo space and we're adding an extra day, whereas we are already working
hard to deliver an excellent list of high calibre speakers and topics."
MIGS will be in its seventh year,
having been established in 2008. The event has grown from strength to strength
with its most recent edition, held at the Hilton Malta in St. Julian's,
attracting over 400 C-level delegates, 70% of whom travelled to Malta from all
over the world. Last year's seminar was well attended , with ievery session
attended very well.
Warwick Bartlett, CEO of GBGC, said:
"The conference is well organized with good speakers and a polite audience
who attend every session. There is no graveyard shift for speakers."
CalvinAyre.com's Rebecca Liggero
ranked MIGS14 as one of the top ten-iGaming conferences to attend. According to
Ms. Liggero the event is intimate and has top-notch speakers, which provides
for interactive discussions.
MIGS15 has already attracted a host
of sponsors, exhibitors and speakers. Prospects include those who attended,
exhibited at, sponsored or heard about the Success of MIGS 14. Sue Schneider,
Partner and in charge of content commented: "We are working on the agenda
from now on to provide our loyal and prospective audience an even better line
up for this year. As in the past, we will have a blockbuster line-up of
The organizers of the popular event
also announced that they would be extending the conference and adding an extra
day of high profile content and networking opportunities. Mrs. Schneider
continued, "By adding more content, we are adding more value to our event.
We were overwhelmed with the positive feedback given to us for the organization
of the seminar from authorities, delegates and sponsors and have listened to
the feedback on how to make it even better."
Grant Brett, a delegate representing
GoldBet, has been awarded a free registration to MIGS15 for filling out an
online post-event customer satisfaction survey. According to the survey, over
90% of attendees were satisfied with the overall event whereas the topics that
ranked most interesting were the Malta Gaming Authority Executive Chairman,
Joseph Cuschieri's address, "Scale Up, Scale Out", Declan Hill's Keynote and
Panel discussion on Match Fixing, "Innovations in Payment Options" and "Is
Poker Dead or is it Meeting its Potential".
According to MIGS15 partners (BMIT,
RE/MAX Malta, Capstone Group and Sue Schneider), MIGS15 will be a larger event
with growth in the quality of speakers, topics, networking events, sponsors and
exhibitors. For more information, please contact Ramona Mifsud on
SOURCE: Malta iGaming Seminar
eCOGRA Offers Free British Online Gambling Dispute Service to
LONDON, U.K. (March 20, 2015) --
Players at certain online gambling websites licensed by the UK Gambling
Commission now have a useful facility in the event of a dispute with an
operator which they have been unable to resolve for themselves - a free dispute
resolution service operated by the London-based independent standards
organisation and testing agency eCOGRA.
The company has been authorised to
operate as an Alternative Dispute Resolution service provider by the UK
Gambling Commission, which now oversees, licenses and regulates all legal
operators accessing the British market in terms of new point of
consumption-based remote gambling legislation.
eCOGRA has been part of the online
gambling industry for the past 12 years, setting and monitoring high
operational and player treatment standards for many of the leading operator
groups in the business and acting as an impartial mediator in issues between
players and operators.
The free dispute resolution service,
which is accessed online through the www.ecogra.org website, is headed by Tex
Rees, a Clear ADR Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator who since 2003 has
been involved in the resolution of more than 8,000 disputes involving players
at eCOGRA's Safe and Fair accredited seal-holder sites.
eCOGRA chief executive Andrew
Beveridge revealed this week that 355 UKGC licensed sites have already elected
to use his company's ADR service, including leading operators such as 32Red,
888, bet-at-home, BetClic Everest, Betway, bwin.party, Casino Rewards, Paf and
"eCOGRA has developed a
sophisticated software system to help manage and expedite the resolution of
disputes with UKGC-licensed operators, and this, harnessed with the eCOGRA ADR
team's considerable experience in online gambling mediation, will help resolve
most disputes within 72 hours," Beveridge said.
ADR head Tex Rees added: "eCOGRA
has many clients using us for games testing in our capacity as an approved test
house, and for performing annual security audits as required by the
"We've included ADR in our
service offering as we know how important it is to players to have an impartial
mediator handling their issues with operators. From an operator perspective it
is equally important that our clients can come to us for a full suite of
services involving independent third parties as required by UKGC
Founded in 2003 to set and improve
operational standards and player safety in the online gambling space, eCOGRA
has amassed a wealth of experience in implementing international best practice
standards and requirements and ensuring these are maintained through regular
review and monitoring.
246 of the most established and
successful internet gambling websites are accredited and policed by the
independent, London-based company, which is staffed by professional auditors
with Big 4 auditing firm experience, information system experts and responsible
The company runs a free-of-charge
dispute mediation service for players with complaints about its accredited
operators, with an online submission channel at www.ecogra.org.
eCOGRA has been awarded the United
Kingdom Accreditation Service's (UKAS) ISO accreditation ISO/IEC 17025:2005 :
General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration
laboratories, for the United Kingdom and Denmark.
In addition, eCOGRA has been
approved as a testing agency with several online gaming jurisdictions.
Legislation and Lottery to Come Under the spotlight at Gaming in
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (March 26,
2015) -- Gaming in Holland today confirmed that this year's conference topics
shall spotlight separate sessions dedicated to secondary iGaming legislation
and lottery modernization.
Confirmed keynote speakers
- Mr. Walter Bugno President and CEO of GTECH
- Mr. Mor Weizer, CEO of Playtech Plc;
- Mr. Mark Davies, Managing Director of Camberton
- member of Betfair founding management team and
several key Dutch government officials shall all be presenting.
The event which is now in its fourth
year will be co-hosted with the iGaming Super Show and takes place in June 22nd
- 23rd. The conference promises to be a must-attend event for iGaming
executives looking to understand the pending legislation changes in 2017 and
the growth opportunities for the Dutch market.
Willem van Oort founder of Gaming in
Holland, said, "We provide the networking environment for those in the
industry to be able to navigate and operate a compliant gaming business in the
lucrative Dutch market. Testament to our growth in the iGaming calendar is the
continued support from tier one industry associations and sponsors, which make
these events possible and a success for attendees."
About Gaming in Holland
With 1,300+ members, it serves as a
platform for the exchange of information, knowledge and contacts for iGaming
and Lotteries in Holland.
The event is a 2-day conference.
Registration starts March 26th. Early Bird Fee is 650.
Industry partners include
Gaminglaw.Eu , EGBA, Assissa, VAN, Speel Verantwoord, GBA, IMGL
Media Partners: iGaming Business,
Calvin Ayre, Lottery Insider, Gaming People
Confirmed sponsors: NMI, IAMSTERDAM,
Lottovate, NYX Gaming, CDDN, Meneer Casino, Dutch Gaming Studios, Gaming
To be directed to the Gaming in
Holland Cinference Site:
SOURCEL Gaming in Holland
Report: Ensure Maximum Return to Good Causes from Society
LONDON, U.K. (March 25, 2015) -- In
a report published Wednesday 25 March 2015, Parliaments Culture, Media
and Sport Committee says regulation of society lotteries should be changed to
lift the burden on smaller lotteries and new lotteries starting up.
Society lotteries are intended to be
primarily a means of raising money for charities and other good causes. The
vast majority are small, often local, and raise sometimes small but vital sums
of money for the work of the organisations they support.
The Gambling Act 2005 relaxed some
of the restrictions on such lotteries. The Committee say this was not a cause
of concern until the recent launch of some larger, "umbrella" lotteries,
advertised nationally, run by commercial operations and giving near to the
statutory minimum percentage of the proceeds of ticket sales to the good causes
These are controversial in part
because they are alleged to stretch the definition of a society lottery as
primarily intended to raise money for good causes, and in part because they are
seen by some as direct competitors to the National Lottery.
- There should be greater differentiation between the
regulations applied to the great majority of lotteries, which are small and
local, and those applied to larger ones, especially those run by commercial
organisations, which tend to give far smaller proportions of their proceeds to
- For new lotteries, the current requirement for at
least 20% of the ticket receipts from each lottery to be given to good causes
(rather than allocated to prizes or operating expenses) should be spread over
an extended period, perhaps three years, to help lotteries to cope with high
- On average, lotteries are able to return about 45%
of their ticket receipts to good causes, many make much greater returns. It
would be a disincentive to innovation to increase the requirement for the
minimum return of 20%, but it is not appropriate that large, well-established
lotteries should provide only the minimum return to good causes
- The 35% cap on operating costs other than prizes
and money set aside for roll-overs should be reintroduced for the largest
- The legislation should be amended to recognise a
class of umbrella lotteries, with its own set of limits on individual draws,
annual sales and prizes. A number of options are possible:
- setting overall limits on the amounts that may be
raised or paid out in prizes,
- limiting the number of individual society lotteries
that may join together under an umbrella lottery or stipulating different
large society lottery limits on the constituent societies.
- The limits on the single society large and small
lotteries should be raised, following research by the Gambling Commission into
what might be the appropriate limits, and that the limits should be reviewed
every three years
John Whittingdale, Chair of the
"Many charities now depend upon
Society Lotteries as a vital source of funds. We want to see the maximum return
to good causes and believe that the regulatory regime governing society
lotteries should be designed to encourage that. Provided that the lottery
remains focused on its primary purpose, the licensing regime should be light,
including continued exemption from gambling and lottery taxes.
We are concerned at the growth of
large, so-called umbrella, lotteries which are designed to get around the
statutory maximum amounts for sales and prizes. While we think increasing the
minimum return of 20% across the board would be counterproductive, it is not
appropriate that large, well-established lotteries should provide only the
minimum return to good causes. We therefore recommend the creation of a new
category and the reintroduction of a cap of 35 per cent on operating costs for
the large wellestablished lotteries. This will help ensure that these
lotteries are genuinely maximising the amount of money they raise for the
causes that they support."
New York's Lucky Streak Continues: $58M Mega Millions Jackpot Won in
Millions/Powerball Multimillion Jackpot Won in New York in Recent
NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 25, 2015) --
The New York Lottery today
confirmed that a jackpot-winning ticket for the March 24, 2015 Mega Millions
drawing was purchased at World Books at 1 Penn Plaza in New York. This sole
winning ticket - purchased as a Quick Pick - is worth $58 million
The winning numbers for the March 24
Mega Millions drawing were 02 - 23 - 32 - 45 - 55 and Mega Ball 12.
"New York is proving itself to be
the luckiest place to play the Lottery," said Gardner Gurney, Acting
Director, Division of the Lottery. "This is the fourth
nationwide-multimillion jackpot won in New York in recent months, ranging from
$58 million to $326 million. We urge the ticketholder to sign the back of your
ticket and keep it in a safe place, and when you're ready to claim, we look
forward to meeting you."
Recent Mega Millions and Powerball
jackpots won in New York include:
- " November 4, 2014 Mega Millions drawing, $326
million prize, won by Harold Diamond of Wurtsboro, Sullivan County
- " February 27, 2015 Mega Millions drawing, $126
million prize, won by Tammy Pratt of South Fallsburg, Sullivan County
- " March 14, 2015 Powerball drawing, $136 million
prize, yet to be claimed, sold at 7-Eleven, 15 Page Avenue, Staten Island
The winner has one year from the
date of the drawing to claim the $58 million Mega Millions prize. The winner
may claim the ticket at any one of the Lottery's Customer Service Centers
statewide, including the Manhattan office at 15 Beaver Street, New York, NY
10004 and the Long Island office at 45 South Service Road, Plainview, NY
The jackpot is either an annuitized
prize paid in 26 annual payments or a lump sum payment of $38.3 million. Each
ticket costs $1.
World Books will receive a $10,000
bonus for its role in selling the jackpot-winning Mega Millions ticket.
In addition to the $58 million
jackpot prize, a $1 million dollar second prize for the March 24 Mega Millions
drawing was sold in Suffolk County at Kings Park Stationers at 56 Indian Head
Road in Kings Park. The ticket was purchased as a Quick Pick
About the New York Lottery
The New York Lottery continues to be
North America's largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.17 billion
in fiscal year 2013-2014 to help support education in New York State. The
Lottery's contribution represents 15 percent of total state education aid to
local school districts.
New York Lottery revenue is
distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to
distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school
district's size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts
receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.
SOURCE: New York Lottery.
American Gaming Association Provide IRS Proposal
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 21, 2015) --
This week, the AGA engaged with industry experts, lawmakers and other
stakeholders regarding the issuance of the IRS notice that proposes reducing
tax reporting requirements for players slot winnings (as well as keno and
bingo) from $1,200 to $600, and potentially altering the reporting system for
electronically tracked slot play in casinos.
While its clear our industry
is united in its opposition to any future consideration of the reporting
threshold reduction, some of the proposals may be favorable for gaming
operations and patrons, if addressed with industry input.
Therefore, AGA is working to ensure
that the IRS better understands the technological and operational capabilities
of our casinos before unilaterally mandating new reporting systems.
Following last weeks broader
AGA Tax Working Group and industry government relations professionals
discussion of initial interpretation, concerns and opportunities within the IRS
proposal, the AGA mobilized a smaller task force of tax and casino operations
experts to take an in-depth look into the proposed regulations by examining the
technical tax and gaming business operations that would be impacted under the
On Wednesday, this task force
gathered and identified priority data needs for this information
gathering phase, as follows:
- Industry limitations within existing technology
- Impact analysis on gaming business operations and
- Existing regulatory constraints.
The task force will be developing
data and reporting its findings internally over the next week to assist in
AGAs broader message development and campaign to educate the IRS,
Congress and other key stakeholders.
As this information is aggregated,
we look forward to sharing specific points with you, particularly as AGA builds
the most compelling case possible to take to senior IRS officials in the weeks
SOURCE: American Gaming
Personal Licence Applications Are Now Online
LONDON, U.K. (March 24, 2015) -- The
Gambling Commission has launched the latest addition to e-services which allows
individuals applying for personal licences or making Annex A personal
declarations to apply online.
Applicants can navigate in a way
that reflects their individual role and responsibilities by giving them the
option to skip questions that are not relevant for them.
Applicants can also upload
information and supporting documentation, including certified copies of
identity documents and bank statements, which reduces the risk of original
documents being lost in the post and unnecessary delivery delays.
Dawn Best, Licensing Manager at the
Gambling Commission said:
This latest addition to our
online services allows individuals to experience the convenience of an online
application method similar to that which operators have enjoyed for some time.
This is another step towards providing a full suite of online services for all
applicants and licensees.
The new system is available to those
who are applying for a personal licence or making an Annex A personal
declaration, and who are not already licensed or approved by the
Link to Site
The Gambling Commission
The Gambling Commission (the
Commission) regulates gambling in the public interest alongside its
co-regulators local licensing authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of
gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by
protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by
gambling. Subject to these overriding public protection objectives, as
regulator of the National Lottery the Commission monitors and challenges
Camelot to raise the maximum amount for good causes. The Commission also
provides independent advice to government on gambling in Britain.
The Commission and local licensing
authorities are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great
Britain other than spread betting, which is the responsibility of the Financial
Conduct Authority (FCA).
See the Terms & Conditions
section of our website for information on legal advice.
For further information please
contact our press office on 0121 230 6700 or email:
SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.
Voting Begins for 2015 Fleurry Best Advertising
WASHINGTON DC March 25, 2015 - For
the next 17 days, the global lottery industry can vote on their favorite
lottery TV ads for La Fleur's 2015 Fleurry Advertising Awards. Each day an
email will arrive in the Inbox at 8:30 a.m. EST. The respondent has 12 hours to
vote on just two ads with a simple "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" before the
spots are replaced with the next two ads.
Click this link
According to La Fleur's Magazine, 35
North American lotteries submitted their choice of their best TV ad for La
Fleur's 2015 Fleurry Advertising Competition for Best Lottery Advertisement.
Winners will be showcased at La Fleur's 2015 Lottery Symposium & Retail
Summit in Washington D.C. (which will be held May 5th-8th, 2015).
"Last year we switched to asking
our voters to take 60 seconds out of their hectic work day to watch two TV ads
that we emailed out. They couldn't procrastinate or they lost their chance to
vote," said Terri Markle, Publisher, La Fleur's Magazine. "We had a
phenomenal response. Everyone loved the chance to see great ads."
This year the Fleurry Awards has
been sponsored by Scientific
Games and InComm. Their support ensures the continuation of fun internet
campaigns like this one.
The voting commenced on
Wednesday, March 25 and finishes 17 business days later on Thursday,
April 16th. The lotteries with the highest rated ads will be
recognized at the "Fleurry Advertising Awards" ceremony at the Symposium.
"Please let other executives in
your organization know about the Fleurry Advertising Awards so they can vote
too," said Byron La Fleur, Associate Publisher, La Fleur's Magazine.
For Lottery executives to be added
to the database to receive the daily Fleurry email please email