GTECH Appoint James Hurley As Senior Vice President of Investor
ROME, ITALY and PROVIDENCE, RHODE
ISLAND (February 23, 2015) --
GTECH S.p.A. announced that
James Hurley is joining the Company to lead investor relations activities,
specifically overseeing analyst and investor engagement strategies, effective
today. As Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Hurley will be
responsible for promoting GTECH's business objectives while enhancing its image
and reputation within the investment community. Hurleys role will be to
communicate the Companys business and financial strategy as well as its
product and service offerings to external stakeholders. He will report to GTECH
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Alberto Fornaro.
communications strategy must take into account the highly regulated environment
in which it operates and the diversity of business segments it covers, a scale
that will be further enlarged with the upcoming acquisition of IGT. At
Ralph Lauren, James established himself as a world-class communicator with a
proven ability to navigate complex international business
environments, said Alberto Fornaro, GTECH Chief Financial Officer.
I am confident that James will lead us in adopting industry best
practices for a NYSE-listed company and successfully design and implement
GTECH's strategic and tactical investor relations plans.
From 2007, Hurley was Vice President
of Investor Relations at Ralph Lauren, the publicly traded apparel and retail
company with a market capitalization of $12 billion. His earlier finance career
included equity research with Bear Stearns and Telsey Advisory Group, as well
as banking experience with JP Morgan. He has been recognized by Institutional
Investor Magazine as a leading investor relations leader in the apparel,
textiles, and luxury goods sector.
Hurley holds a Bachelor of Arts in
History and Sociology from Columbia University, New York, and a Masters of
Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management,
Northwestern University, Illinois.
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
Robert K. Vincent
T. (+1) 401 392 7452
T. (+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
Scientific Games Receive Two Prestigious International
- "2015 Lottery Operator of the Year"
- "2015 Lottery Supplier of the
LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (February 24,
2015) -- Scientific Games
Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today
announced that the Company received two prestigious international awards at ICE
Totally Gaming 2015 in London earlier this month. ICE is the world's largest
business-to-business gaming event and the only gaming industry event that
brings together leading innovators from the betting, bingo, casino, lottery,
mobile, online, social and street sectors to provide a global perspective on
all forms of gaming. During the three-day ICE event attended by more than
25,000 gaming industry professionals, Scientific Games received the "2015
Lottery Operator of the Year Award" at the 8th International Gaming Awards and
the "2015 Lottery Supplier of the Year Award" at the Gaming Intelligence
Jim Kennedy, Chief Executive
Officer, Lottery Group for Scientific Games, said, "Every day, our mission
is to help lotteries create maximum returns for their government beneficiaries
through operational and supply chain best practices and efficiencies, and by
offering a great entertainment value for their players. We are honored to be a
trusted partner and to have our work in 150 unique lottery jurisdictions around
the world held in such high esteem by the international gaming industry."
Kennedy and Jack McNeill, Senior Vice President, Government Relations for
Scientific Games, accepted the awards on behalf of the Company at ICE.
Scientific Games received the "2015
Lottery Operator of the Year Award" at the International Gaming Awards held
during ICE 2015 at the Savoy Hotel in London. The award was presented to the
company that has shown the best practices over the last year on the most
important components of lottery operations, including innovative approach,
ability to connect with and engage players, use of the lottery to serve the
public in positive ways and bringing a range of lottery games and approaches
that offer the very best options in playing.
The winner was selected from both
online and land-based lottery operators with the defining criteria not total
sales rather the operator's approach and its value of customers over cost.
|Scientific Games' Chief Executive of Lottery, Jim Kennedy,
(center) receives the "2015 Lottery Supplier of the Year Award" from Gaming
Intelligence Awards hosts Steve Hoare (left) and Bobby Mamudi (right) during
ICE Totally Gaming in London February 3-4
In addition, Scientific Games
received the "2015 Lottery Supplier of the Year" at the first annual Gaming
Intelligence Awards held during ICE at London's ExCel Centre. The all-new
awards reward the excellence of the gaming industry's leading operators and
suppliers, recognizing the best performers based on merit, reputation and
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:
| Investor Relations:
| Media Relations:
Phone: (773) 961-1194
Therese Minella, APR
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Jumbo Beat H1 Forecast Following Strong Growth in
BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
(February 19, 2015) -- An analysts' briefing by Mr Mike Veverka, Founder and
CEO follows: "Jumbo had a strong finish to the first half of the 2015
financial year which pushed our results up over the top end of our guidance.
TTV reached a record $66 million, up 21% over the comparative period. Revenue
reached $14.3 million, up 16% and our net profit after tax was near enough to
break even. We moved a step closer to becoming a true diversified
multi-jurisdictional company although at a pace slower than we would have
Three (3) important factors come out
of this report.
Australia is still growing strongly
with some of the speculation of a slowdown from 6 months ago proven to be
unfounded. 21% growth in TTV over the comparative period a year ago and 28%
growth in TTV over the preceding period is a great result despite lower jackpot
levels. Our customer account database continues to rise. Its now at 1.82
million with 180,000 new accounts over the past year. Australian Internet
lottery sales now account for around 11% of all lottery sales and show no signs
of slowing down in the medium term.
Germany is growing but slower than
wed like. There are 3 main reasons for this
- The first is our website and App a matter
that we can react to quickly and we have. Since our nationwide launch in
July 2014. our first version was on a par with other websites selling lotteries
in Germany. This confirmed what we suspected that differentiation is the key to
Germany. As recently as December 2014 we released the first version of our
syndicate play and the early signs are encouraging. In March we will release
the next version which I expect will have a further positive impact. Our major
competitors do not have syndicates so we want to take the lead in this area.
Autoplay is another service we are rolling out next month and again this should
have a positive impact.
- The next reason is the limited number of marketing
channels in particular Facebook. This is simply something that happens
in the early stages of a developing industry. We were expecting Facebook to be
available for lottery marketing after our launch but as yet is unavailable. We
have met with the management of Facebook Europe and are working towards
- The last reason is the impact of off-shore
unlicensed websites selling German lotteries. This is not something we have had
to contend with in Australia however in Europe, with the diversity of
jurisdictions spread around Europe and the complexity of EU law, there are a
number of sites that appear to sell lottery tickets but in fact are not,
instead self-insuring, putting the customer at great risk of not
receiving prize winnings larger prizes in particular. We have been
lobbying the German government to be proactive against these sites as their
higher profit margin makes it difficult to compete
We have reduced marketing expenses
in Germany to allow time for these changes to take effect. This expense is
discretionary so we can decide to vary our spending as we deem appropriate.
The 3rd important factor from this
half year report is a new strategy to tap into the potential for new revenue
streams in the short term in Australia while the International markets mature.
Leveraging our 1.82 million customer accounts with new products should have a
more immediate impact to our bottom line than our international projects. But
in order to do this we have had to invest in our technology platform to provide
the capability for new products to be integrated into the lottery game play
process. So over the next few months you will see changes to our flagship
OzLotteries App and website with a new brand and new products to entice our
Moving on to some other points of
interest about our progress. Jumbos Joint Venture in the USA called
Lotto Points Plus has just completed a US$500,000 capital raising
at a post funding valuation of US$3.5 million. This values our 43% shareholding
around US$1.5 million which is not currently fully reflected on the balance
sheet. So this is some good news coming out of the USA.
Our efforts in Mexico are continuing
but we are learning from our experiences in Germany and making sure everything
is right before we start marketing. We do not want the light at the end of the
tunnel to be too far away and we are looking at ways to return to the
profitability of a couple of years ago to help drive the share price back up
Jumbos balance sheet continues
to remains strong. Net assets around $19 million and around $24 million in cash
- $14.4 million is Jumbos and the rest is players funds
In summary, I am very pleased with
the continued growth in Australia and our prospects with new products later
this year. Growing pains in new markets is nothing new and Germany is no
different. I recall similar issues in Australia in the early days when the
numbers were not that good and look at them now.
The Internet lottery market
continues to expand rapidly and Jumbo is leading the way. Competitors are
entering the market but they are all single jurisdictional companies
like Jumbo was a few years ago. Jumbo is today the only multi-jurisdictional
company in the world in the Internet lottery industry and it is important that
we preserve this lead. We know that internet lotteries are very scalable and
profitable once you get past the critical mass. Jumbo is well on its way to
becoming a much larger and much stronger business with true diversity and
For further information CONTACT:
Mike Veverka, CEO and Executive Director, Ph: 07 3831 3705.
SOURCE: Jumbo Interactive.
Lottery Set New Record For Weekly Sales
Popular Instant Tickets,
Half-Billion-Dollar Powerball Jackpot Produce Nearly $43 Million in Sales for
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (February 19,
2015) -- Driven by strong demand for an array of creative instant games and a
Powerball jackpot that reached
more than $564 million, sales for the week ending February 15, 2015, set a new
Tennessee Lottery record. Gross sales of $42,697,488 for the week shattered the
previous mark of $41,000,831 for the week ending March 31, 2012.
Our diverse selection of
instant-ticket games is meeting with great success in the
marketplace, said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the
Tennessee Education Lottery
And when combined with the
interest generated by a big Powerball jackpot, the recipe for a record week is
complete. Best of all, this means more funds for the education programs
supported by the Lottery.
Also contributing to the record week
was a strong showing by the drawing-style game, Cash 4, which saw its second
best week ever and has increased by 6.2% since this time last year.
About the Tennessee Education
The Tennessee Education Lottery
Corporation has generated more than $3.2 billion for education in Tennessee.
Net proceeds from sales fund
specific education programs, including college scholarships, after-school
programs and the new Tennessee Promise initiative.
More than 900,000 scholarships and
grants have been awarded since the Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20,
In addition to the educational
beneficiaries, players have won over $7.9 billion in prizes and Lottery
retailer partners have earned over $822 million in retailer commissions.
For more information, please visit:
CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, Tennessee
Lottery, 615-324-6556 or 615-604-2827.
SOURCE: Tennessee Education Lottery
Georgia Lottery Launch New Georgia-Only Lotto
ATLANTA, Georgia (February 23, 2015)
-- The Georgia Lottery is
introducing an exciting new game that will be available only in Georgia. Jumbo
Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match combines a classic lotto draw game with an
The game concept is the first of its
kind in Georgia.
Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match
offers jackpots starting at $1 million. The jackpot will continue to grow until
there is a jackpot winner.
Additionally, players can select
Ca$h Match for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.
Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match
went on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide Sunday.
Drawings will be held at 11 p.m. on
Mondays and Thursdays. The first drawing will be conducted Feb. 23.
Tickets are $1 per play. The Ca$h
Match option costs an additional $1 per play.
Players must pick six numbers from
one to 47. Win the jackpot prize by matching the six numbers drawn. The game
offers three additional lotto prizes from $5 to $500.
Overall odds of winning any lotto
prize are approximately 1 in 47.56. Odds of winning the jackpot prize are
approximately 1 in 10.7 million.
For more information about Jumbo
Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match, visit
Since its first year, the Georgia
Lottery Corp. has returned more than $16 billion to the state of Georgia for
education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational
programs, including Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia's Pre-K
Program. More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3
million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten
SOURCE: Georgia Lottery Corp.
Picture Yourself A Winner With 'Living The Life
New limited-time Ontario
lottery with Guaranteed $3 million Grand Prize Draw
LIVING THE LIFE
TORONTO, Ontario (February 17, 2015)
-- What kind of life do you dream of living? If the winter blues have you
fantasizing about tropical destinations and convertible cars, the new LIVING
THE LIFE LOTTERY from Ontario
Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) could help turn those dreams into
Available only in Ontario, for a
limited time and with a limited number of entries available, LIVING THE LIFE
LOTTERY features a $3 million Grand Prize Draw, three Early Bird Draw prizes of
$100,000 each and Secondary Prizes ranging from $1 million to $5,000 plus $20
Bonus Prizes. Add it all up and LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY is offering up to $6
million in total prizes, and every entry issued could have three chances to
With millions of dollars in
Guaranteed Prize Draws and value pricing, LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY is a unique
experience for players, says Wendy Montgomery, Vice President of
Marketing & Sales at OLG. And with extra prizes for playing in
time for the Early Bird Draw, theres lots of ways to picture yourself a
winner. It could be your best selfie ever!
LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY is on sale
now, but only until the Main Draw on March 31, 2015 or until all 6,172,840
possible Entries are sold. Entries purchased by 9 p.m. March 5, 2015 are
eligible for the Early Bird Draw of three prizes of $100,000 each. The Main and
Early Bird Draws are Guaranteed Prize Draws, meaning that for each prize, one
winning entry will be drawn only from the entries issued. There are also
thousands of $20 prizes available with the Bonus Draw on March 31 for matching
the two-digit Bonus Number. Three draws means up to three ways to win with
Players have three purchase options:
one entry for $5, three entries for $10 or seven entries for $20. Each entry
consists of an eight-digit number with a dash separating the first six and last
two digits. Entries are available by Quick Pick only.
Picture Yourself a Winner
OLGs new LIVING THE LIFE
LOTTERY is on sale now until March 31, 2015.
Fast Facts About Living The Life
With its $3 million Grand Prize,
LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY offers players the largest Guaranteed Prize Draw of any
of OLGs Ontario-only games.
LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY will only
last until all available Entries are issued, or until the close of sales at 9
p.m. for the Main Draw and Bonus Draw on March 31, 2015.
The Main Draw and Early Bird Draw
are Guaranteed Prize Draws with one winning entry for each prize to be drawn
only from the entries issued.
The Early Bird Draw will be held
March 5, 2015 and only the entries already sold by 9 p.m. that evening will be
eligible to win.
A limited number of LIVING THE LIFE
LOTTERY entries are available. Every entry issued could have up to three
chances to win if purchased before the March 5 Early Bird deadline.
The odds of winning any LIVING THE
LIFE LOTTERY prize will be determined by the total number of entries
- $3 million Grand Prize;
- Secondary Prizes ranging from $5,000 to $1
- Three Early Bird Prizes of $100,000 each; and
- Thousands of $20 Bonus Prizes available for
matching the last two digits of your entry with those drawn
- One Entry for $5
- Three Entries for $10
- Seven Entries for $20
- Quick Pick entries only, ENCORE is not
For more information on LIVING THE
LIFE LOTTERY please visit the game page on olg.ca.
OLG is a provincial agency
responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975,
OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario.
OLGs annual payments to the Province have helped support health care;
education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur
sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial
FDJ® Launch SAPHIR 250,000, the First French
Scratchcard Game Made with Glossy Ink
FRANCE (February 24, 2015) -- On
Monday February 16, La
Française des Jeux launched SAPHIR 250,000, the
first French scratchcard game made with glossy or
holographic ink. This new game offers the chance to win up
to 250,000 on a 5 bet.
Over a duration of around four
months, 21 million tickets of this limited-edition game will be exclusively on
sale at the 32,700 FDJ® retail outlets.
SAPHIR 250,000 is
the fourth scratchcard game in the 5 sector to offer a high symbolic
maximum payout, and it also has its own important feature: the highest payout
frequency (combining all payout amounts) of all the ILLIKO® range of
scratchcard games, at 1 in 2.99 (compared to 1 in 3.28 for Astro,
which previously had the highest payout frequency).
A Particularly Popular
250,000, FDJ® hopes to attract the largest number of players
thanks to a colourful design evocative of games for casual gaming
(recreational games for smartphones) and an attractive prize structure
(distribution of prize payout amounts and probability of winning): 1 in 7.21
chance of winning 5 or 10, compared to 1 in 10 with Jackpot.
Studies* carried out show that 78%
of players enjoy the game, 34% of them immensely, particularly as a result of
its design and simple mechanics. The game entails scratching off six sapphires
and 20 precious stones and comparing the results (if one or more of the numbers
revealed correspond to one or more winning numbers, the player wins the
associated amount(s); payouts are cumulative).
The use of holographic ink, or
glossy ink, means that the sapphires and precious stones stand out clearly and
guarantees excellent visibility for the ticket at the till. In the US,
games launched using the Scratch FX® technique (the official name for this
glossy ink) sold 28% better on average than tickets using similar themes at
similar prices but produced with the standard four-colour process,
explains the printer.
In 2002, one of the biggest
lotteries in the US launched its first ticket on the theme of precious stones
using the Scratch FX® technique: Diamond Payout. That has been its number
one selling ticket since then, it adds.
About the ILLIKO® range of
In 2014, the ILLIKO® range of
scratchcard games (available at all FDJ® retail outlets) reported
5.744 billion in sales, an increase of 4.8% vs 2013. They represent 44%
of La Française des Jeuxs sales. The range comprises around 20
games within the network and is regularly updated to respond to the
expectations of players, who are avid fans of innovations.
The ILLIKO® range can also be
found on FDJ.fr, with copies of its flagship retail outlet games as well as
web exclusives designed especially for online players.
In a few short years, the 5
scratchcard game sector has become a hit with players, and in 2014 it
represented half the turnover of the ILLIKO® range of games (49.9%).
Besides the high maximum payouts of 100,000, 250,000 and
500,000, the variety of game themes on offer in this sector has brought
success year on year: superstitions are turned on their head with Coup de
Chance, CASH and JACKPOT, which offer a world of
wealth, whilst MOTS CROISES provides pause for thought and
MONOPOLY is a source of pure entertainment.
For more information concerning
scratch games, please CONTACT: Christine da Silva Market Intelligence
& International Relations La Française des Jeux - Email:
SOURCE: La Française des
California Lottery First in the Nation to Achieve Prestigious Award
for Responsible Gaming
SACRAMENTO, California (February 23,
2015) --The World Lottery
Association (WLA) has awarded the California Lottery with the highest
certification level for its Responsible Gaming programs, making the California
Lottery the first in the U.S. to achieve this distinction.
The WLA Level Four award is the
highest level of responsible gaming certification recognized internationally.
Submissions are reviewed by the WLA's international panel of corporate social
responsibility experts. A WLA Level Four certified lottery has successfully
demonstrated that responsible gaming principles are implemented into day-to-day
operations and are continuously improving their programs.
"Responsible Gaming is very
important to all of us at the California Lottery, from our employees to our
retailers, vendors and players," said Paula LaBrie, Acting Director of the
California Lottery. "We knew our Responsible Gaming Program was one of the
strongest in the nation, but we're always looking for ways we can continue to
improve our practices. Given the size of the California Lottery and the amount
of supplemental funding we provide to public education, achieving a Level Four
status is quite an accomplishment. We are pleased the California Lottery is the
first lottery in the nation to achieve this certification."
In Fiscal Year 2013-14, the Lottery
made moving from a Level Three to a Level Four WLA certification a business
goal and began the process of identifying new ways to further develop its
Responsible Gaming program. The Lottery has implemented key recommendations set
forth by the WLA's Independent Assessment Panel some of which include:
- Launching the nation's first dedicated Corporate
Social Responsibility website in the lottery industry;
- Training 97% of its workforce on responsible
- Enhancing retailer training;
- Strengthening its relationship with responsible
gaming stakeholders; and
- Improving treatment referrals, among other
The WLA is recognized as the global
authority on the lottery business. It is comprised of state-authorized
lotteries and gaming organizations from more than 80 countries on six
The WLA's Responsible Gaming
Principles and Framework is a certification program that outlines lotteries'
level of commitment to corporate social responsibility and responsible
The WLA's Responsible Gaming
Principles and Framework allows for cultural and regional differences and is
designed to complement and improve the safeguards that individual lottery
operators have in place.
The 10 Program elements are:
Research, Employee Program, Retailer Program, Game Design, Remote Gaming
Channels, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Player Education, Treatment
Referral, Reporting and Measurement and Stakeholder Engagement.
The California Lottery is a $5
billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies
that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars. Its mission is to
provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously
supporting local communities.
In FY 2013-14, the Lottery created
89 new millionaires. Ninety-five cents of every dollar spent by our players
goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools
and colleges, prizes and Lottery retailer compensation.
The California Lottery urges its
customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a
gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at:
SOURCE: California Lottery.
Maltco Offer a New Way with More Chance to
MALTA (February 19, 2015) --
Maltco Lotteries is launching
its new way of playing, Syndicates. Through this new method, a group of
people can now try their luck by playing a set number between them, on the same
ticket for their favourite game, after pooling their desired amount of money
they wish to play, difference from before is that now each one of them will
have a separate original ticket and should they win, the players can exchange
their ticket with the winning money, individually, and at their preferred Point
Without a shadow of a doubt, this
innovative method continues to encourage so that more of you join venture in
choosing your selection of numbers and try your luck together, with far more
possibilities of winning.
When you adjoin a group to
participate in one of Maltco Lotteries games, be it Lotto, Super 5, or
Quaterno+, the winning possibilities increases because there will be more
numbers played, and so this will also increase your excitement in
The main principal of the Syndicates
is quite familiar already, it has become very common for a group of colleagues,
friends, or club members and also family members and friends to pick a set of
numbers, pool in some money and together participate in one game or another.
This happens most commonly when jackpots gets quite high.
The new method of Syndicates offers
just that, a person encourages a group of people to adjoin and together choose
a set of numbers to play together, but with a number of additional
With the new method: the person who
initiates the group to adjoin will be trusted with the members who
participated, collect the money, and buy the agreed ticket/s.
The Agent then produces a number of
tickets according to how many members are participating for that particular
draw. So all participants will have a valid ticket and so should there be any
winning numbers, each member can individually exchange the ticket for the
winning amount, at the Point of Sale of their choice.
So this brings another advantage to
the new Syndicates concept, in which the winner doesnt have to wait for
the organiser to exchange the ticket and be given the winning amount of money,
but he/she can go straight to a Point of Sale at their own convenience. This is
called the Player Syndicate.
Another method brought new on the
Market is when a player goes to a Maltco Agent and ask to participate within a
group of collective tickets. This is called the Agent
Syndicate, all previous (player syndicate) mentioned regulations
apply to this method too.
It stands to reason that all
Syndicate tickets may be chosen in the most personalised way, according to the
Just like when other services were
introduces, all Maltco Agents have been well trained for this new way of
playing, and in fact their reaction was a positive one due to the fact that
they can foresee how this bring more excitement and joy to the players.
Undoubtedly Maltcos players will get the same reaction when experiencing
this beneficial new way of playing.
So whether youre a Player
Syndicate, or an Agent Syndicate participant
Maltco wishes you all the
best of luck!
SOURCE: Maltco Lotteries.
Florida Lottery Break Sales Record At Florida State
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (February 20,
2015) -- Florida Lottery
tickets joined corn dogs and cotton candy as a must-have item at this
years Florida State Fair in Tampa. The Florida Lottery announced today
that sales exceeded $1.1 million at the 12-day event, an all-time record. The
newest record breaks the previous sales mark by more than $663,000 an
increase of 126 percent.
Scratch-Off tickets were a
player-favorite, especially the $2 games. The high POWERBALL jackpot during the
first eight days of the fair also brought in a big crowd.
In addition, players who visited
either of the two Lottery sales booths were offered Buy One, Get
One coupons, which allowed players to buy one $2 Scratch-Off ticket and
get one free.
Each year, the Florida
Lottery brings an extra dose of fun to fairs all across the state,
said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia OConnell. This is a great
way to increase Lottery sales with the added benefit of giving a boost to the
economy and increasing contributions to education.
Each year, nearly 98 percent of the
Lotterys revenue is returned to Florida citizens, businesses and
communities. Last year, the Lottery transferred more than $1.4 billion to
education, awarded $3.35 billion in prize payouts to players and $299 million
in retailer commissions. In addition, the Lottery funded more than $303 million
in Bright Futures scholarships for more than 150,000 students in the state.
About The Florida Lottery
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $27 billion to education and sending more than
700,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The
Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's
economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida
retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have
paid more than $46 billion in prizes and made more than 1,400 people
millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Lottery Offer Self-Checks to Help Players Avoid
JEFFERSON, Missouri (February 20,
2015) -- In recognition of national Scams Month this February, the
Missouri Lottery wants to
remind players that now, more than ever, they have the resources to self-verify
if their ticket has won a Lottery prize.
We have developed a number
of prize verification services for player convenience and safety,
began May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.
Reardon wants players to realize
that a lot of these resources can be used at their favorite Lottery retail
location or online.
We have installed new
Check-A-Ticket (CAT) Machines at all of our retail partner locations. Players
can scan their Draw Game tickets barcode with this machine to verify if
they have a winning ticket.
Additionally, Reardon added that all
new Scratchers games have specialized FailSafe® barcodes on the
tickets play area beneath the scratch-off coating. Scratchers
tickets with the FailSafe barcode can also be scanned on the CAT machine to
verify the tickets prize.
not uncommon for consumers to be contacted by businesses with deceitful
practices, said Reardon. These scams usually appear too good
to be true, and we want our players to be wary of such situations. Its
important to note that players cant win a cash prize for something they
havent purchased a ticket for.
To combat these types of scams, the
Lottery has developed a variety of verification services to make it as easy as
possible for players to identify if they have won a Lottery prize.
In addition to the Check-A-Ticket
Machines, other self-verification services include:
- Player-requested prize receipts from retail
- Checking winning Draw Game numbers and remaining
Scratchers prize amounts at MOLottery.com;
- Player-requested prize receipts from retail
- Signing up to receive winning Draw Game numbers via
email or text message through a My Lottery Players Club account; and
- Calling a regional winning numbers hotline:
Additionally, after purchasing any
Lottery ticket, players should sign the back, keep the ticket in a safe place
and promptly check to see if they have won a prize.
When in doubt, players should
contact the Missouri Lottery at 1-866-MOLOTTERY
(1-866-665-6883) to report
To further protect players, Reardon
encourages visiting the Missouri Attorney Generals website to view a list
of the Top 10 scams cycling throughout the nation:
http://ago.mo.gov/consumercomplaints/topten/index.htm. On the website, visitors
can also file and search for consumer complaints and access information about
identity theft, the no call list and more.
Unfair or deceptive business
practices can also be reported by calling the Missouri Attorney Generals
Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-392-8222.
To learn more, visit:
SOURCE: Missouri Lottery.
Maltco Lotteries Sponsor the Malta Chess Federation Tournaments for
2015 and 2016
MALTA (February 23, 2015) -- The
company persists with its commitment to help, in a direct way, the development
of various Maltese sports disciplines to continue achieving local and
In conformity with its policy to
support sporting initiatives for the progress and development of the various
disciplines in the Maltese islands, Maltco Lotteries will be sponsoring a
number of chess tournaments organised in the coming weeks by the Malta
Federation of Chess.
Chess is a popular game in Malta and
a significant number of participants meet regularly to play this game which
requires absolute mental strength and where every manoeuvre is a result of
thought, vision and prediction. Participants playing at this level not only
play against their opponent, but also against time which plays a determinant
The Malta Chess Federation regularly
organises tournaments which attract much interest and participation at various
levels. In the next two years, Maltco Lotteries will be sponsoring what is
known as the National Championship Cycle of the Malta Chess Federation.
This consists of three tournaments:
Maltco Preliminaries, Maltco Candidates and
Maltco Finals. The level of these tournaments is high and
internationally recognised as described in electronic websites which stress the
importance of these tournaments for whoever takes this sport seriously. By
participating in such tournaments, players can gain personal points which count
towards international rankings.
The first phase of these tournaments
Maltco Preliminaries is open for all those passionate about
chess. Anyone can participate at this level, be it those who have just recently
found their love for the game as well as those who are more familiar with
Naturally, winning participants will
progress in the competition which will commence on the 23rd of February and
which will be held every Monday and every Thursday for seven consecutive rounds
until the 16th of March. The top players who advance and move forward in the
first stage will qualify for the second phase of the tournaments
Maltco Candidates which will be held between the 13th and the 27th
July, also in seven consecutive rounds.
Again, those players who manage to
win and beat their competitors and therefore advance in the second phase of the
competition, will progress along with the final group of players to the third
and final phase of the tournament. Four players in all will make it through
The final phase will be held between
the 10th and the 22nd October and the four players winning the second phase of
the tournaments known as Maltco Candidates will
participate along with the reigning Champion and runner-up of the 2014
At this final stage of the
competition, players face each opponent twice direct matches during
which an accumulation of points will finally result in the declaration of the
Maltese Chess Champion for 2015.
A spokesperson for Maltco Lotteries
claimed that Maltcos sponsorship to the Malta Chess Federation will also
be repeated next year, which means that the company will be sponsoring these
annual chess tournaments organised by the Malta Chess Federation for a period
of two years.
This support towards the Malta Chess
Federation continues to confirm the on-going commitment of the company in
favour of raising awareness and support towards local sport in its various
Maltco Lotteries believes in the
social responsibility culture, so much so that it continuously works towards
the development and success of Maltese sport, not only locally, but also at an
Maltco Lotteries adopts various
initiatives throughout the year in favour of the strengthening of sports in our
country. One can also name a very important initiative that the company took
last year to raise awareness and educate more about the match
fixing threat in sports, an initiative which today became an issue
discussed amongst the highest levels of our country to liberate sports from any
threat of corruption.
It should be noted that in the local
sports scene, Maltco Lotteries is represented by its product U*BET which gives
local sport enthusiasts the opportunity to participate proactively in their
favourite sports disciplines.
Maltco Lotteries believes that it
should be at the forefront to ensure the growth of the sport in the Maltese
islands, which after all also includes its regular players.
SOURCE: Maltco Lotteries.
Loto-Québec Announce Financial Results for the Third Quarter
revenues of 2.490 billion and a net profit of 844.0 million
MONTREAL, Canada (February 20, 2015)
-- During the period from April 1 to December 29, 2014,
products amounted to 2.490 billion while the overall income reached 844.0
million. These are decreases of 5.6% and 4.9% compared to the same period last
The incomes of different sectors are
affected by the downturn in the industry of gambling, intense competition and
lack of particularly high wholesale lots. In this difficult context, the review
of business processes, combined with a tight control of expenditure, has
reduced expenses $ 28.7 million (-3.9%) compared to last year.
Efforts related to the bonus game
offerings and the money continues, in accordance with the principles of
responsible marketing. The three major orientations of the 2014-2017 Strategic
Plan of the Company, recently made public, are also in this sense since they
revolve around entertainment, efficiency and responsible marketing.
The results by sector
Lottery sector revenues totaled
1,197 billion at the end of the third quarter, a decrease of 8.5% from last
year. The low number of major large batches has hurt Canada-wide lotteries such
as Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max (the format will be renewed in July), while instant
also less successful.
Fortunately, the addition of the
Turbo option has boosted sales of Banco nearly 17%, or about $ 450,000 a week.
Hope to customers, Loto-Québec now offers several of its lottery, online
group formation. Players can create their own way, their own group and invite
participants to join or so already created groups.
The casino business, which includes
the related activities of catering and accommodation, has accumulated 589.6
million worth of products (-3.1%) in the first nine months of the year. Several
initiatives to enhance the entertainment offerings have been implemented
recently. Thus, the Montreal Casino opened Zone , a concept promoting
socialization players that brings together 80 electronic multigame terminals, a
giant screen and facilitators. As for the Casino du Lac-Leamy , he opened the
nightclub FTAA , which welcomed its first guests on 31 October.
The Video Lottery sector, for its
part, generated revenues of 694.5 million dollars (-3.0%) from April to
December. The Quebec gaming halls and Trois-Rivières show a combined
revenue growth of around 8.0%. Since 21 November, the Québec City gaming
hall is located at the mall Fleur de Lys, relocation immediately gave positive
During the period, the products of
industry bingos ($ 16.9 million) have decreased by $ 500,000 (-3.0%), mainly
caused by the closure of halls offering network bingo. Conversely, products
Kinzo ($ 11.1 million) show an increase of 2.2% due to the opening of new
From the perspective of
optimization, it was agreed to merge two subsidiaries, namely the
Société des bingos du Québec and the Society of VLTs in
Quebec. Established in December 2014, the new entity is called Society of
gambling establishments in Quebec.
For further information CONTACT:
Jean-Pierre Roy, Director of Communications and Media Relations,
Loto-Québec, Telephone: 514 499-5151.
SOURCE: Loto Quebec.
New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Announce New Feature for
Responsible Gaming Initiatives
New Online Self-Exclusion
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (February
19, 2015) - Today the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced a new
feature in their responsible gaming initiatives.
Now individuals who seek to
voluntarily self-exclude themselves from online gaming in New Jersey can do so
from the Divisions website at
The Self-Exclusion Registration
service is also accessible at:
On the website, there is detailed
information about the voluntary Self-Exclusion program. Once people are
informed about self-exclusion and agree to all the information presented, they
will then be asked a series of questions to verify their identity. Individuals
must also choose between a 1 year and 5 year self-exclusion term.
Previously, individuals who wanted
to sign up for the online self-exclusion list were required to create an
account on one of New Jerseys authorized Internet gaming websites or
apply in person at a Division of Gaming Enforcement office or a New Jersey
racetrack. This new system permits citizens to sign up without having to travel
or first go to an Internet gaming website. However, brick-and-mortar casino
self-exclusion registration still must be completed in person.
The Division of Gaming
Enforcement has one of the most comprehensive responsible gaming programs in
the country. We strive to be innovative and remain at the forefront of Internet
gaming regulation while giving individuals options to play online responsibly,
or opt out if that is the right choice for them, said Division of
Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck.
The Online Gaming Self-Exclusion
Registration Service is a product of a partnership between the State of New
Jersey and the New Jersey Information Division of NICUSA, Inc. New Jersey
Information Division of NICUSA, Inc. is the official eGovernment partner of the
State of New Jersey, helping New Jersey government entities web-enable their
CONTACT: Kerry Langan, (609)
317-6201, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Office of Attorney General
(Division of Gaming Enforcement) press release.