GTECH and Georgia Lottery Announce Official Rollout of Full
Complement of iLottery Games
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (US)
(February 2, 2015) -- The Georgia Lottery is now the first lottery in the U.S. to
offer a full line of iLottery. Traditional draw based games, iKeno, and
eInstant games at various price points the most comprehensive and
diverse online content offering of any U.S. lottery can now be played at
mygalottery.com by adults over the age of 18 located within Georgia state
lines. Digital games offer enhanced play experiences with online convenience,
making deploying iLottery games the logical step for a top lottery enterprise
such as the Georgia Lottery. We believe that the convenience and
timeliness of the Internet channel will facilitate incremental growth for the
Georgia Lottery and maximize revenues to enhance educational funding,
said Debbie Alford, President and CEO, Georgia Lottery Corporation.
Georgias iLottery offering is
fueled by GTECHs full
suite of interactive technology, content, and services. GTECH is pleased to
have helped empower the Lottery to realize its interactive vision, which
included a deliberate rollout schedule during which the Lottery created working
partnerships with all its stakeholders, including players, the Georgia public,
advocacy groups, and the retail community. This included soliciting feedback
from customers invited to play online before the official launch, ensuring that
the final site and games are not only entertaining but user-focused,
user-friendly, and player protective.
With the introduction of a complete
line of eInstants, a new type of online digital lottery games branded in
Georgia as Diggi Games, the Lottery is now poised to begin its first full-scale
marketing campaign. Georgias Diggi Games, which are available in both
Buy and Try modes, represent some of the best content
from GTECHs diverse library of more than 100 game titles.
Georgias iKeno game directly
mirrors the Lotterys keno game at retail, with real time drawings every
3.5 minutes. The Georgia Lottery is the first U.S. lottery to offer iKeno, and
the results have been very favorable, with online sales now accounting for
nearly 8% of all of Georgias keno ticket sales. Rounding out the Georgia
Lotterys complete iLottery offering are the multistate draw based games
Powerball and Mega Millions, and Georgias own Fantasy 5.
Following a controlled test period,
Georgias Diggi Game collection has grown to include 1012
interactive, instant-win games, at prices ranging from $.50 to $3.00. The
Georgia Diggi Game offering includes innovative extended play games that
provide the player with a prolonged, immersive experience as well as core games
such as Bingo and Crossword and click and win games that more
closely reflect instant ticket scratch cards. All feature the same great
attributes engaging game play, fun graphics, and near-win opportunities
that make traditional instant games so popular, revamped for online play
with exciting interactive twists.
GTECH worked with the Lottery to
construct an interactive gaming offering that meets player needs responsibly.
Georgias online gaming site was built to guide players to play
responsibly, said Matteo Monteverdi, GTECH Senior Vice President, North
America Interactive, and Senior Vice President, iGaming."
It offers multiple controls
to keep play levels where the player wants them and provides visible gaming
updates such as session time lengths as well as quick access to call center
support. GTECH also provides portfolio management and marketing
services to the Georgia Lottery.
To support iLottery gaming, the
Georgia Lottery and GTECH also introduced the iHope card the first
lottery-branded debit card linked to a players eWallet in the U.S.
Winnings of $5,000 or less are paid directly to the card, which players can use
to purchase lottery and non-lottery products wherever Discover cards are
accepted. Next up for Georgia is expansion to the mobile channel; a mobile app
is planned for the summer of 2015.
Even with a soft launch, Georgia
Lotterys online sales have continually improved with the introduction of
each product. Alford credits the Lotterys avid collection of player
feedback as well as the diverse online content mix enabled by GTECHs
large library of content for much of this success. In the digital
space, we need to keep things fresh so each visit offers something new. We stay
actively engaged with our players and monitor feedback closely. Just a few
months into Diggi Games, we are already expanding the game offering, which is a
simple process with GTECH as our partner. Their advanced system allows us to
select games with themes that fit our players and then quickly configure game
payouts and prizes amounts.
GTECH S.p.A. is a leading commercial
operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets,
delivering best-in-class products and services, with a commitment to the
highest levels of integrity, responsibility, and shareholder value creation.
The Company is listed on the FTSE MIB at the Italian Stock Exchange under the
trading symbol GTK and is majority owned by De Agostini S.p.A. In
2013, GTECH had approximately 3.1 billion in revenues and 8,600 employees
with operations in approximately 100 countries on six continents. For more
information, please visit www.gtech.com.
For further information, CONTACT:
Robert K. Vincent, GTECH S.p.A. Corporate Communications, T. (+1) 401 392
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
INTRALOT Consolidates Online Position Through Strategic Alliance With
ATHENS, Greece (February 4, 2015) --
On the occasion of ICE 2015, the largest trade exhibition in the gaming sector
worldwide, INTRALOT Group
announced at a press conference held in London today that it has reached an in
principle commercial and strategic partnership agreement with Bit8, a
Malta-based gaming platform solutions company. Bit8 has developed a
cutting-edge online gaming platform based on proprietary artificial
intelligence technology. Thanks to its functionality, modularity, scalability
and flexibility, Bit8s platform has gained widespread commercial success,
with its customers including some of the top online casinos internationally.
Bit8s platform is an
all-inclusive sportsbook and casino platform that includes functionalities such
as Player Account Management (PAM), eWallet, real-time analytical tools,
automated rules and a bonus engine that works with little need for human
interaction, resulting in lower promotional and labour costs, solving a long
term issue for the gaming industry.
The agreement stipulates an
exclusive, joint development and marketing approach in the international online
platform market and the acquisition of a significant minority stake in the
company. The consummation of the transaction is subject to customary closing
requirements such as due diligence and appropriate regulatory approvals.
INTRALOT Group CEO, Antonis
Kerastaris, stated: "Regulation and technology convergence are driving our
industry towards new models, where strong player focus will be a key element of
success. We are excited to be joining forces with Bit8, a global
innovator in online customer relationship management. As we seamlessly
integrate their platform with our own and that of our customers we will be
uniquely positioned to manage player data and provide an exceptional gaming
experience to customers, in-line with our strategy to focus on the B2C segment
of the global gaming market.
Bit8 CEO, Angelo Dalli, stated:
Bit8 is pleased to be entering into a global alliance with the
INTRALOT Group, enabling us to provide our solutions in more than 50 countries
worldwide. Our solutions and innovative technology will benefit from the
years of experience and global reach of INTRALOT, giving us an exceptional
combination of technical excellence combined with customer service expertise.
This alliance is in line with achieving our vision of having the
industrys best online gaming platform, across multiple product and
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, T: +30-210 6156000,
POLLARD BANKNOTES Exclusive Playbook® Achieves Texas-Sized
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (February
2, 2015) -- Pollard Banknote
Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is pleased to
congratulate the Texas Lottery
Commission on the impressive sales results achieved in the launch of its
first PlayBook® instant ticket, a patented innovation provided exclusively
by Pollard Banknote. Launched on October 19, 2014, for the holiday season, the
$20 Holiday Game Book has made the Texas Lotterys record book. In its
first week, the game generated $5.3 million in salesmaking it the
top-seller among all instant games that week. By comparison, the Lotterys
$20 instant game launched for the 2013 holiday season sold $2.1 million in its
first week. Strong sales continue: Holiday Game Books eight-week average
sales were 48% more than the weekly average of all other $20 games launched in
Texas since 2006.
The Pollard PlayBook® one
of Pollard Banknotes biggest tickets and one of its biggest sellers
was a logical addition to the Texas Lotterys instant portfolio.
With over $40 million in prizes, including a top prize of $1 million, Holiday
Game Book was perfect as a stocking stuffer or a special way to treat oneself
over the holiday season.
The ticket art mixes festive,
seasonal colors reds and greens with traditional winter whites
and cool blues and features many familiar holiday images such as evergreen
trees, decorations, gifts, and a reindeer.
Pollard Banknotes exclusive
PlayBook® brings multiple instant games together in a unique booklet
format, and allows players to enjoy a wide variety of play experiences and a
number of different games in a new, exciting way. The Holiday Game Book offers
value: six games for $20. Including upcoming launches in 2015, 65 PlayBook®
games will have been launched in 20 jurisdictions around the world, with
estimated retail sales of $1.3 billion.
The Lotterys decision
to launch Holiday Game Book was driven by our goal to offer Texas Lottery
players a new, innovative instant product, as well as the success of the
PlayBook® in other jurisdictions, articulated Gary Grief,
Executive Director, Texas Lottery. We worked with Pollard Banknote to
leverage learnings from previous PlayBook® launches and put together a
solid launch strategy. The concept has proven itself perfect for our $20
holiday ticket, and we are planning to offer it again next holiday
We at Pollard Banknote
congratulate the Texas Lottery on the sales success of its first PlayBook®.
The Texas Lottery has taken this proven product and, with their own
positioning, demonstrated that it can work very well as a feature holiday
product, commented Jennifer Westbury, Executive Vice President, Sales
& Customer Development, Pollard Banknote. It is always rewarding
to see our innovative products helping to increase proceeds for good
The Texas Lottery is committed to
generating revenue for the State of Texas through the responsible management
and sale of entertaining lottery products while incorporating the highest
standards of security and integrity. Beginning with the first ticket sold in
1992, the Texas Lottery has generated more than $22 billion in revenue. Since
1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $17 billion to the Foundation
School Fund to support public education in Texas, with over $1.2 billion
contributed in fiscal year 2014. Since fiscal year 2010, a portion of Texas
Lottery proceeds also benefit the Fund for Veterans Assistance. In FY
2014, the amount was $11.5 million.
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 50 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management
services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of
web, mobile and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and
has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement,
sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major
role in the charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established
in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family
and 26.5% by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For
more information, please visit our website at
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.
New York Lotterys New Lucky 7s Playbook Offers Best-Ever
Overall Odds on A $20 Scratch-Off Game
SCHENECTADY, New York (February 3,
2015) --The New York
Lottery today announced the launch of a new scratch-off game designed to
extend the popularity of its Lucky 7s-themed instant ticket. The move is
the latest in a series of strategic marketing initiatives intended to bring
added value to players and extra sales to the Lotterys 18,000 licensed
retailers to benefit education statewide.
The new Lucky 7s Playbook is
an over-sized ticket designed to be folded into book format once dispensed. The
unique format gives players six distinct games and a different play style with
just the turn of a page. Collectively, the Lucky 7s Playbook features the
best overall odds on a $20 game ever offered in New York.
With 122 chances to win up
to $250,000 on six unique games in one package, The Lucky 7s Playbook
will bring more value, excitement and of course, more cash prizes to our
players, said Acting New York Lottery Director Gardner Gurney.
We believe the over-sized
ticket concept can be adapted to meet a variety of player expectations and
retailer needs, and we look forward to exploring them all, Gurney
The Lucky 7s Playbook is now
available for sale at all licensed New York Lottery retailers.
About the New York
The New York Lottery continues to be
North Americas largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.17
billion in fiscal year 2013-2014 to help support education in New York
State. The Lotterys 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 districts size and its income level; larger, lower-income school
districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.
About the New York State Gaming
The New York State Gaming Commission
regulates all aspects of gaming and gambling activity in the state, including
horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering, class III Indian gaming, video lottery
terminal facilities at race tracks, the state lottery and charitable
SOURCE: The New York Lottery.
Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries with Record Results in
VIENNA, Austria (January 30, 2014)--
Lotto, EuroMillions and WINWIN drive sales at
Austrias casinos attract more guests and post increased gaming and
The Casinos Austria and Austrian
Lotteries Group achieved a new sales record in the 2014 business year.
Provisional figures indicate that the Group generated revenues for
the year in excess of 3.6 billion
euros, an increase of 2.3 percent compared to the previous year (3.52 billion
The positive trend was driven on the
one hand by the classic Lotto, EuroMillions and Rubbellos (scratch-off tickets)
lottery products as well as the WINWIN Video Lottery
Terminals (VLT) outlets, which
rewarded Austrian Lotteries with a 3.3 percent rise in annual sales to 3.15
billion euros. The 12 domestic casinos also reported positive
numbers: a 6 percent increase in
guest numbers and a 3.2 percent increase in revenues, generated in equal
measure from rising gaming revenues and a healthy plus at the Cuisino F&B
Chairman Karl Stoss summed up the
results in a correspondingly positive tone: In 2014, we succeeded in
giving a breath of fresh air to our classic lottery products with innovative
new playing options like TeamTipp and Anteilsschein. The expansions to our
gaming mix and refurbishments in our casinos and Cuisino restaurants have also
clearly won the strong approval of our guests.
SOURCE: Casinos Austria.
New Mexico Lottery Add Fun and Games to Tax
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (February 3,
2015) -- The New Mexico
Lottery is adding fun and games to tax season.
In the $50,000 Taxes
Paid Scratcher, the $50,000 prize advertised on the $5 ticket is the
Unlike the tax code, the
games top prize is crystal clear, said Karla Wilkinson, New
Mexico Lottery product director. The big winners will be taking
Wilkinson added that before taxes,
the top prize is approximately $72,000. In New Mexico, 6 percent in state
tax and 25 percent in federal tax is withheld from all lottery prizes greater
In addition to a top prize, the
$50,000 Taxes Paid game gives players a chance to win up to 15
times on a single ticket. The games other prizes range between $5
The $1Rapid Refund
Scratcher has top prizes of $1,000. The game includes a symbol that
For the lovers of romance, the
Betty Boop Limited Scratcher doubles as a playful
Valentine. The $2 game features top prizes of $10,000.
Also new in stores now is
Lucky Numbers Bingo, a $3 Scratcher featuring top prizes of
$25,000. There is also a drawing game version of Lucky Numbers
Bingo. The drawing game tickets print from the same in-store sales
terminals that print tickets for games such as Powerball® and Hot
Since its inception in 1996, the
lottery has raised $632.9 million for education in New Mexico. More than
97,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery
Scholarships. More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is
available at www.nmlottery.com.
Follow the New Mexico Lottery on
Facebook (www.facebook.com/nmlottery) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/NewMexicoLottery).
SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.
Lottery Sales Spike As Jackpots and Instant Tickets
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (February 2,
2015)-- Riding the wave of two huge national jackpots and a seven-month upswing
in instant tickets, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery logged sales of $36,476,593 in
We started 2015 with two
online jackpot runs and six months of gradual improvement in our instant ticket
sales, ASL Director Bishop Woosley said Monday.
Mega Millions got up to
$270 million before a winner was picked. Powerball kept going, and is now
estimated at $317 million for Wednesdays drawing."
"The higher that Powerball
jackpot goes without a winner, the more people will buy tickets. And
because online draw games like Powerball, Mega Millions, and our own Natural
State Jackpot are more profitable, that means more net proceeds to fund
scholarships for Arkansas students.
Instant ticket sales were
$29,066,923 last month, 17% over the $24,814,775 total in January 2014 and
continuing a steady rise that began in July 2014. Online sales of
$7,409,670, boosted in part by the larger Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots,
showed a 20% increase over January 2014s $6,219,407.
Its always nice to
have this kind of wind at your back going into the big sales months of
spring Woosley said. The instant ticket sales increase
is gratifying because we have so much more control over those sales through our
current marketing campaign. Weve also made some aggressive changes to our
game portfolio, in keeping with the recommendations of (UK-based lottery
consultants) Camelot Global Services in their December report to our
Legislative Oversight Committee. But the big multi-state jackpots also mean
more to our bottom line, dollar for dollar, supporting the Arkansas Academic
Challenge Scholarship program.
About the Arkansas Scholarship
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
provides scholarships to Arkansas residents enrolled in public and private
nonprofit two-year and four-year colleges and universities within Arkansas.
Since 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has raised over $478 million for
scholarships to over 155,000 Arkansas students.
SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship
Wyoming Lottery and UW Athletics Team Up for MWC Basketball
CHEYENNE, Wyoming (February 2, 2015)
-- The Wyoming Lottery
Corporation today announced the WyoLotto Hoops Giveaway where one
lucky entrant will win a trip for two to Las Vegas, Nevada to watch the
University of Wyoming Cowboys basketball team take to the court in the Mountain
West Conference Tournament from March 11 - 15.
Were pleased to be
teamed up again with UW Athletics to help generate support and excitement for
the Wyoming Cowboys, said Jon Clontz, CEO for the Wyoming Lottery.
Any UW fan would love to get their hands on this Mountain West
Conference giveaway package to cheer on the team.
The winner package includes
roundtrip airfare for two to Las Vegas, hotel accommodations for two at the
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, two All Session Passes (includes all 19 games of
the tournament), an invite to a pre-game Cowboy Joe Club party, branded UW and
WyoLotto gear, and Mega Millions coupons for a year.
Entries may be submitted at
www.wyolotto.com through Feb. 25. Anyone 21 years of age or over at the time of
the event who resides in Wyoming can register for a chance to win. A winner
will be randomly selected from among all valid entries.
For more information, visit:
SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery
Massachusetts Gaming Commission Adopt BC Lottery's
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada
(February. 2, 2015) - The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has announced it is
adopting BCLC's GameSense into their responsible gambling program, becoming the
first jurisdiction outside Canada to embrace this internationally recognized
The announcement was celebrated at
the New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference taking place February 2-4
at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
"We are thrilled to have
Massachusetts onboard with GameSense," said Jim Lightbody,
BCLC Interim President &
CEO. "GameSense is designed to communicate with players in an approachable
tone and with engaging resources. It's become a model others look to for best
practices and it's exciting to share this with our counterparts."
GameSense gives players factual
information they need to play responsibly, make informed choices and connect
with resources should they need help. In addition to Massachusetts, the program
has already been adopted by gaming jurisdictions in Saskatchewan and
"In advance of introducing
casinos in the state, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission sought to identify
the world's most promising and advanced responsible gaming practices,"
described Mark VanderLinden, Director of Research and Responsible Gaming,
Massachusetts Gaming Commission. "Given the success of BCLC's GameSense
strategy, it was clear to the Commission that adopting this innovative brand
will greatly enhance our overall efforts to promote responsible gaming and
effectively communicate with our citizens."
The first casino in Massachusetts to
feature GameSense will be Plainridge Park Casino with future plans to include
the new MGM and Wynn facilities.
In B.C. every casino has a GameSense
Information Centre staffed by GameSense advisors who are funded by the
province's Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch. GameSense advisors discuss
gambling odds, dispel common myths and share information on resources. They
also support the enrollment process for BCLC Voluntary Self-Exclusion program,
and referral to the Province's free problem gambling counselling services.
The program uses a positive and fun
approach to engage players. Last year GameSense Advisors interacted with an
average of 4,500 players each month.
GameSense resources are also
available at lottery retailers, on PlayNow.com and at GameSense.ca.
BCLC is a provincial Crown
corporation offering socially responsible gambling entertainment while
generating more than $1 billion in net income each year to benefit provincial
and community programs across B.C.
CONTACT: BCLC Media Relations,
Phone: 604-225-6460, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finlands National Gaming Operator Sign Multi-Year Exclusive
Playtech Deal Extension
LONDON, U.K. (February 2, 2015) --
Finlands national gaming operator (RAY) has signed a 20-year online
contract extension with Playtech, the worlds leading multi-channel gaming
software and services supplier the longest deal in both companies
Following four highly successful
years with Playtech, generating year-on-year double digit growth and
approximately 60 million in gross gaming revenue in 2014, RAY (Raha-Automaattiyhdistys
Finlands Slot Machine Association), has put pen to paper on a significant
gaming software contract extension.
From day one of the initial
agreement, Playtech partnered with RAY to plan and launch Ray.fi offering the
Finnish government-owned operator its entire online gaming portfolio. This
included casino and poker games, a series of localised RAY-branded exclusive
games as well as an innovative, dedicated live casino studio launched in August
last year. In addition, Playtech worked closely with RAY on a responsible
gaming framework specifically designed and adapted in-line with Finnish
regulatory requirements. Playtech also confirmed its commitment to support RAY
in implementing its Mobile First strategy, as part of the
organisations long-term vision, maintaining its position as the leading
eCommerce website in Finland.
The 20-year agreement includes
multi-channel gaming software, content and support across online, mobile and
retail with an automatic renewal period of four years, and underlines
Playtechs commitment to regulated markets.
Finlands national gaming
operator will continue to enjoy access to Playtechs leading-edge
exclusive content including locally themed in-house and premium branded titles
from major studios such as Paramount and Universal, giving the business the
strongest and most complete offering available on the market.
Shay Segev, COO, Playtech, said:
This is a landmark contract for both companies and we are delighted to
have agreed extended terms with such a valued customer. We have worked together
with RAY for four years defining its online offering and created the
regions biggest success story. This demonstrates our hugely powerful
technology and services that are able to immediately, and successfully, launch
in any newly regulated and regulating markets.
We look forward to
continuing to work with the RAY team on what we believe will be a bright and
exciting future as well as expanding Playtechs reach to other Lotteries
and the B2G market, added Segev.
Timo Kiiskinen, Senior VP Business
Operations at RAY, said: Our four years with Playtech have performed
above and beyond expectations. This agreement underlines how much we value our
relationship and the industry-leading products we continue to have at our
Playtech develops unified software
platforms and content for the online and land-based gaming industry, together
with providing a range of ancillary services such as marketing, CRM services
The groups capabilities enable
the delivery of an integrated software or turnkey solution, with players
accessing online, broadcast, mobile and server-based gaming terminals through a
New licensees include existing
online operators upgrading or diversifying their offering, land-based casino
groups, government sponsored entities such as lotteries, and new entrants
making their online gaming debut, particularly in newly-regulated markets.
Founded in 1999, Playtech is listed
on the London Stock Exchange and has more than 3,700 employees located in 13
countries. Its leading gaming applications include casino, bingo, poker, sports
betting, live, mobile and social gaming, casual and fixed odds games.
For further information CONTACT:
Playtech plc: +44 (0)20 7861 3232.
FDJ Sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Olympic
Committee for the Monitoring of Sports Betting
FRANCE (January 28, 2015) --
La Française des Jeux
(FDJ) sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) for the monitoring of sports paris.
FDJ has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the monitoring of sports paris
(information system on sports paris and integrity) otherwise known Betting
Integrity Intelligence System (IBIS).
FDJ is the first lottery in the
world and the largest operator of sports paris in France to join as such the
monitoring system (IBIS) set up by the IOC. By signing this protocol, FDJ
joined various national authorities responsible for the regulation of paris and
parts-stakeholder international sports world and this market.
This system takes the form of a
platform, is to collect data on alerts and practices related to sports paris.
Recall that FDJ has a team of 80 people in charge of such monitoring paris
sports offered on the Internet and its physical network of outlets.
For the CIO, Mark Adams, Director of
Communication of the IOC, said: " The Memorandum of Understanding between
the IOC and various operators and regulators of sports paris, the FDJ, are part
of our concerted strategy to promote sport clean and protect the major
competitions of any form of manipulation, in particular those related to sports
paris. We are very pleased with these agreements, which are based on our
successful collaboration initiated in 2012 in London.
The MoU with FDJ will share with
the IOC alerts and collaboration on sporting events (Olympics or competitions
organized by the International Federations). This information will be treated
by the IBIS platform, Betting Integrity Intelligence System, which was
introduced for the first time in 2014 in Sochi. IBIS collects alerts related to
manipulation of sports events. This platform will be made available to
international federations in their major championships. "
For FDJ, Thierry Pujol, Risk
Management and Security Director, said : "This is an important step in the
context of stakeholder coordination against manipulation of sports
competitions. EOD operator responsible sports paris, is proud to contribute to
the IBIS system set up by the IOC "
FDJ and the other signatories will
be responsible in particular for follow Paris at Olympic Games and major
sporting event. Note that the platform was operational at the Winter Olympic
Games 2014 in Sochi. During this international event, no suspicious
transactions have been reported.
FDJ is 1 st operator in France
making Sports Paris 2bn sports paris on its 2 distribution channels (POS
and Internet) in 2014, up 20%. Recall that JDF is also a partner of the Chair
"Sport Health" of the Sorbonne which works to prevent the manipulation of
La Française des Jeux
American Gaming Association Advocate for Congressional Budget to
Include Funding to Combat Rampant Illegal Gambling
Freeman: Illegal gambling
attracts illicit activities, deprives state and local governments of vital
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 2, 2015)
-- As President Obama releases his 2016 budget today, the American Gaming
Association (AGA) is advocating for a congressional budget that provides
crucial Department of Justice funding to fight illegal gambling operations. In
contrast to the illegal gambling market, legal gaming is a highly regulated,
$240 billion U.S. industry that supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states and
works closely with law enforcement to identify illegal activity.
Illegal gambling operations
attract illicit activities, such as money laundering and other serious crimes,
while siphoning critical tax revenues from state and local governments across
the country, said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA.
We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration on a
final 2016 budget that includes much-needed funding to enforce laws against
illegal gambling operations across the country.
Last week, the day before Loretta
Lynchs attorney general nomination hearings began, the AGA sent a letter
to Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary
Committee, and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), ranking member, urging them
to ensure the next attorney general will crack down on illegal gambling
activities that are prevalent across the United States.
Last month at a speech before mayors
from across the country, the AGA estimated that Americans would make $3.8
billion worth of illegal bets on this years Super Bowl between the New
England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. That figure stands in stark contrast to
the approximately $100 million bet legally on the Super Bowl.
The American Gaming Association is
the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S. casino
industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states.
AGA members include commercial and
tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the
gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to be the single most
effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting against harmful and
often misinformed public policies, and paving a pathway for growth, innovation
SOURCE: American Gaming
New Report Shows Racing Contributes More Than $3 Billion to State's
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (February,
2014) --The NSW Government has released a report into the size and scope of the
racing industry in NSW.
The Office of Liquor, Gaming &
Racing (OLGR) commissioned the study into the three codes of racing which was
conducted by IER Pty Ltd.
The purpose of the study was to
determine the economic and social contribution made to the NSW economy by the
thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing industries.
The report shows the racing Industry
is responsible for generating more than $3.3 billion for the NSW economy and
almost 30,000 jobs.
More than 90,214 people participate
directly within the racing industry in NSW as an employee, participant or
volunteer about 1 in every 59 adult residents in the state.
There are more than 200
thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing clubs in NSW which host more than
2,500 race meetings annually.
Thoroughbred, harness and greyhound
racing also plays an important role in the development and preservation of
social and community benefits throughout rural, regional and metropolitan areas
of the state.
The economic activity generated by
the NSW racing industry complements the social impacts, particularly in
regional areas where racing events and facilities foster social cohesion and
provide benefits for a broad range of individuals and community
CLICK HERE for a copy of the report.
SOURCE: Office of Liquor, Gaming and
Third International Seminar on Lotteries, Entertainment
MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (February
4, 2015) -- Working together with WLA, CIBELAE positioned to Prepare Seminar
2015 as one of the most important in the region
In an unprecedented move, the
World Lottery Association
(WLA), accompany the Latin
American Corporation of State Lotteries (CIBELAE), in organizing the
"Third International Seminar on Lotteries and Entertainment Experience,"
which will take place on 11 and 12 March, in the city of Mar del Plata,
Less than 40 days of conclusion of
the "Prepare 2015," which will focus on the theme "Experience in
entertainment" outstanding international exhibitors have already confirmed
their presence. In addition to keynote speeches and Trade Show of international
companies, conferences will be developed in parallel on "Lotteries, gambling
and outlets in Latin America" and "Latin American Meeting
of officers of compliance."
Among the confirmed speakers at
international level will be present:
- Gilson Pereira Braga, National Lottery
Superintendent Caixa Economica Federal, Brazil;
- Oscar Romero, President Lottery Tachira,
- Javier Balbuena, President of Conajzar,
- San Manuel Roman Benavente, Director General Gaming
Casinos and Slot Machines Peru;
- Eliene Cristina Cordeiro, CAIXA Brazil;
- Marcos Alvarez, National Uruguay;
- Carlos Pereira, Santa Casa de Portugal;
- Paulo Felipe Aguilera Vivas, Executive Director of
Human Contract, Business Consulting, Colombia;
- Alejandro Iparraguirre, National Coordinator of
Video Games Ministry of Culture, Argentina.
For more information, CIBELAE
invited to enter the official event website,
www.preparate2015.com.ar where you can access the
registration form and follow the twitter account @ preparate2015 and
www.facebook.com/Cibelae for the latest news from the
XcelMobility Announce Lottery Business
PALO ALTO, California (February 3,
2015) -- XcelMobility, Inc. (OTCQB: XCLL, OTCBB: XCLL) ("Xcel" or the
"Company"), a leading online lottery service provider, today announced it will
focus the company's resources on the fast growing online lottery business in
mainland China. The directors and officers of the company have developed a new
strategic plan to grow the company as quickly as possible with the goal to
up-list the company to a major stock exchange in 2016. Over the past 3 months
the company has redeployed all corporate resources to grow and expand the
online lottery business.
"ExcelMobility has a wealth of
opportunity and technology for a small developing company. But Success comes by
focusing on your best opportunity allowing management to target limited
resources for the highest return. We want to be great at our best
opportunity so it was an easy decision by the leaders of XcelMobility to decide
to focus entirely on our online lottery business with market growth rates
approaching 90% year over year." said Ronald Strauss, Executive Chairman of
A part of this decision the company
has done the following:
- Redeploy all engineering and service resources to
expand our online lottery offerings;
- Consolidate all employees under our new lottery
facility located in Shenzhen, China;
- Open a support and service facility in Fujian
- Hire experienced lottery professionals to help
manage the fast growing online lottery group; and
- Rebrand the company as a leading online lottery
services company in China.
XcelMobility's mobile lottery
business is now fully online and servicing mobile lottery customers in China.
The company is currently in discussions with a number of major Provinces in
China to provide them with online mobile lottery services in the future. The
company is also in talks with China Mobile to provide mobile payment services
allowing our lottery subscribers to easily access their lottery accounts.
The Chinese lottery market is
experiencing strong growth. Total lottery sales in Mainland China reached
US$55.8 billion during the first 11 months of 2014, an increase of 24.1 percent
compared to the year-prior period.
About XcelMobility, Inc.
XcelMobility is a leading online
lottery service provider in China. The company aggregates and processes lottery
purchase orders from registered user accounts and derive revenues from service
fees paid by provincial sports lottery administration centers for the purchase
orders of welfare and sports lottery products. We offer a comprehensive and
integrated suite of online lottery services, information, user tools and
virtual community venues to our users. We focus on China's burgeoning mobile
market of well over 1 Billion Users.
CONTACT: Ronald Strauss, Executive
Chairman, Phone: (650) 320-1728.
SOURCE: XcelMobility, Inc.