Scientific Games Launch Online Wagering Casino Games with Danske
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (April 16, 2015)
-- Scientific Games
Corporation is proud to announce the extension of its relationship with
Danish online casino and lottery operator Danske Spil through the launch of the
Companys remote game server with the operator in the Denmark dot
country regulated online wagering jurisdiction..
Danske Spil players in Denmark now
have online access to the popular land-based slots and table games in the
Scientific Games Interactive content library, which includes hit titles from
the Bally, Barcrest, Shuffle Master and Williams game design studios.
Bob Hays, Vice President Commercial,
Interactive at Scientific Games, said, We are excited to enter the
Danish online wagering jurisdiction and to provide Danske Spil players with
access to our deep library of proven slots and table games. The interest in our
content from another regulated online gaming market is a testament to the broad
player appeal of our proprietary slots and table game themes.
Søren Schneider, Head of
Casino, Poker & Games for Danske Spil, said, Were thrilled
to deepen our relationship with Scientific Games by extending our casino
offering and strengthening our position as marked leader in a very competitive
Danish market. The wide array of player-popular casino games to which we have
access through their game server heightens the entertainment were able to
offer our players at home and on-the-go.
The launch in Denmark is another
milestone for the Scientific Games Interactive remote game server. The Company
already provides its broad content library in multiple regulated online
wagering jurisdictions around the world, including New Jersey, Europe, Delaware
and various Canadian provinces including British Colombia and Ontario. The
Scientific Games Interactive content is delivered through the Bwin.Party
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation
(NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services
and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets.
The Companys portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and
systems; table games products and utilities; instant and draw-based lottery
games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology;
loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more
information, please visit:
About Danske Spil
Danske Spil A/S, previously known as
Dansk Tipstjeneste A/S, was founded in 1948 in connection with the passing of
Tipsloven by the Danish Parliament, Folketinget. Until 1989, the football
betting was Danske Spil's only product, but this changed in 1989 when the
company was authorised to offer lottery services (Lotto) as well. In 1992 the
first scratch card, Quick, entered the market, and in 1994 Oddset was launched.
Since 2000, Danske Spil has also
offered betting on horse- and dograce. In 2001, the subsidiary Danske
Automatspil was founded. This subsidiary handles slot machines.
Dansk Automatspil merged with Elite
Gaming A/S in 2011. In 2012, Danske Spil bought Erhvervsinvest's shareholdings
of 50.1 percent in Elite Gaming. As a result of the transaction, Danske Spil
obtained an equity interest of 100 percent and went from joint to sole
ownership of Elite Gaming.
In 2010 Folketinget unanimously
passed the partial liberalisation of the Danish gaming legislation, which
allowed other suppliers of games to apply for licenses to offer sports- and
online gaming products.
The law entered into force in 2012,
which prompted Danske Spil to establish two subsidiaries: Danske Lotteri Spil
A/S, which handles the monopolised games, and Danske Licens Spil A/S, which
handles the liberalised games. Danske Lotteri Spil offers, among other things,
Lotto, Onsdags Lotto, Joker, Eurojackpot, Keno, Quick, Bingo and Dantoto.
Danske Licens Spil offers, among other things, Poker, Casino Oddset, Tips and
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Gaming Laboratories International Name Leading Lottery Risk
Management and Security Expert Thomas Bierbach New Senior Manager of GLI
MONCTON, New Brunswick, Canada
(April 20, 2015) - Further strengthening its incomparable leadership team,
GLI has named respected lottery
risk management and security expert Thomas Bierbach as Senior Manager of its
Professional Services division.
Bierbach is a highly experienced
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems
Auditor (CISA) and brings more than 20 years of international technology and
management experience to GLI. He is an accredited WLA Security Control Standard
Auditor and Certified ISO/IEC27001 Lead Auditor and has led lotteries through
ISO/IEC27001 implementation and certification, as well as WLA Security Control
GLI Professional Services Director
Gregory Doucette said, "Throughout the global lottery industry, Thomas is
known as a consummate professional in the field of lottery risk management and
security and compliance. His work in the identification and implementation of
security and compliance programs in support of operational integrity, fraud
prevention and player protection are widely known, and has solidified his
reputation as a key thought-leader in the field. We are excited to welcome him
to GLI Professional Services."
|Thomas Bierbach Senior Manager of GLI Professional Services
Prior to joining GLI, Bierbach was
senior consultant to Atlantic Lottery Professional Services, advising the
lottery on professional services practices development. He has also served as
the Director of Security and Compliance and as IT Audit Manager for the
Atlantic Lottery Corporation. Previously, he served as Director of Lottery and
Audit Services for BMM Testlabs, Vice President of Risk Advisory and Compliance
for Baseline Business Geographics and represented Canada as Co-Chair on the
World Lottery Association Security & Risk Management Committee (WLA
Bierbach is located in GLI's
Professional Services office in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, and can be
reached at +1 (506) 855-0214.
GLI serves more than 475 global
jurisdictions, more than 130 of which exclusively accept GLI certification
About Gaming Laboratories
For more than 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 21 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
industries. For more information, visit: www.gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Worldwide Marketing, +1 (702) 914-2220, Email:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Maltco Lotteries: A Contribution to Society in the Most Concrete and
MALTA (April 21, 2015) -- The
company takes regular initiatives in various social welfare areas as well as to
promote sports amongst the Maltese society.
The company's name
Maltco Lotteries is directly
synonymous with the gaming industry whereby the company is not only locally at
the forefront with encouraging and satisfactory results but also globally
through its membership in both World Lottery (WLA) and
European Lottery (EL)
Associations thus not only honour the company itself, but also our country
which is at the forefront in this sector, as well as spurring companies to
follow examples of how to do business and achieve results in this sector.
Maltco Lotteries follows this
starting point with the most immediate manner with a good number of initiatives
taken on a regular basis to concretely give its due to various social aspects
of our country which directly and indirectly affect all the Maltese population,
and also to tangibly help the various Maltese sporting fields towards achieving
Maltco Lotteries always believed
that a healthy society is one which embraces the principle of widespread
solidarity. Therefore every so often we hear about how the company - in the
most direct and altruistic manner - involves itself and participates in
pluralistic activities both in the social sector as well as the sporting
It is worth noting a number of
examples about the company's Corporate Social Responsibility, amongst which,
that as part of the agreement reached with the Government when the company won
the license for another ten years, Maltco Lotteries committed itself to donate
EUR 50,000 yearly to the Malta Gaming Authority which go towards the
Responsible Gaming Fund. A task to be undertaken so stop abuse, ensures that
gaming is carried out responsibly and those working in this sector through
illegal betting are stopped.
The company's initiatives in the
sports sector are plenty. It is enough to remind the support recently given to
the Malta Chess Federation. Maltco Lotteries choose to sponsor the competitions
organised by this Federation for the next two years and this with the intent to
extend its support and backing to relatively small societies to that they can
also continue progressing in their operations.
When talking about sports, physical
strength and fitness often come first to mind. However, there is another sport
which goes beyond this and which is based upon mental power. Chess is in fact
one of such games and it is important to note that there is a good number of
people in Malta enthusiastic about this very interesting game.
Maltco Lotteries was also involved
in the gala night for the SportMalta Awards. And this for the second
consecutive year and with the precise intent to help develop the Maltese
sporting talent. Apart from the sponsoring help, Maltco Lotteries offers a
EUR500 prize to every winning athlete so they can continue investing in their
abilities and coaching so they can improve their qualities, and in turn
increase the level of Maltese sports.
Another association which benefitted
from Maltco Lotteries' was the Malta Weightlifting Association in relation to
the Mediterranean Cup 2015 which was held last March. Even here, the company
gave its input to ensure that the activity could be successfully organised and
satisfactory to itself and to all those who have this particular sport at
This year Maltco chose to help the
LifeCycle Foundation's marathon which is going to be held in Iceland this
coming July. A number of volunteer cyclists participate in this annual
challenge and paddle a distance not less than 2,000km in ten days to collect
money in aid of patients in the Renal Unit, Mater Dei Hospital.
Together with many other companies,
Maltco Lotteries participates in the President's Fun Run organised yearly
during the month of December with the air of collecting money in aid of
Istrina. This activity attracts thousands of Maltese and Gozitan who together
and for one noble cause, run to St. George's Square in Valletta where the
President of Malta announces that collected sum which would be going towards
various noble causes administered by the Community Chest Fund.
Apart from the handsome sum which
Maltco Lotteries offers for this initiative, the company also encourages its
Agents so that their outlets collect money and donate to this noble cause
towards The Community Chest Fund. Moreover, the company encourages its
employees to participate and to give their donation and walk together as the
SOURCE: Maltco Lotteries.
Atlantic Canadians Can Now Purchase Draw Lottery Games with Atlantic
Lottery Mobile App
MONCTON, New Brunswick, Canada
(April 21, 2015) -- Atlantic
Lottery now has an app for that.
Atlantic Canadians can now use their
alc.ca account to conveniently purchase many of their favourite draw lottery
games (LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49, Atlantic 49, TAG, Twist, Salsa Bingo and Bucko)
with the Atlantic Lottery Mobile app.
The free app is available for iPhone
and iPad from the Canadian App Store.
Its really about
convenience and giving players what they want, where they want it,
said James Reilly, Atlantic Lotterys Senior Manager, eCommerce.
Our alc.ca members were
already able to access their accounts from their mobile devices. In fact,
approximately 20% of draw lottery purchases on alc.ca are made from mobile
devices, but it was cumbersome."
"The app provides an optimized
layout for ease of use and navigation, and is just a tap away on your Apple
Completing the transaction within
the app also provides convenient access to the apps other features,
including winning numbers and jackpot information, winners information, a
retailer finder, responsible play information, and the ability to set custom
For more information CONTACT: Craig
Ennis, 1-800-561-3942, or (709) 724-1700 ext. 1718, e-mail:
SOURCE: Atlantic Lottery.
Leading Online Lottery Service Provider Enters into Strategic
Partnership with China Mobile Limited
PALO ALTO, California (April 21,
2015) -- Xcelmobility, Inc. (OTCQB: XCLL, OTCBB: XCLL), a leading online
lottery service provider, today announced that it has signed a strategic
partnership agreement with China Mobile Group Fujian Company Limited, a
subsidiary of China Mobile Limited ("China Mobile"), to expand the reach and
ease with which payments can be made for the Company's mobile lottery products.
The agreement will provide easy and convenient payment services for lottery
players regardless of the user's device, through China Mobile's vast subscriber
According to the terms of the
agreement, The Company will work in close cooperation with China Mobile Group
Fujian Company Limited to both expand the mobile lottery user base and provide
for the most convenient and easy to use transaction system. China Mobile
subscribers will be able to quickly and easy purchase lottery products as well
as receive lottery winning through their China Mobile accounts.
Founder and Executive Chairman of
Xcelmobility, Inc. commented, "We are extremely excited to have reached such a
mutually beneficial agreement with China Mobile. China Mobile is well respected
by online lottery players and offers the most secure, trusted and widely used
payment services. With China Mobile as a partner we are excited about our
future online lottery success. Having a trusted partner like China Mobile for
payment services allows us to expand our leading online lottery platform,
innovative purchase tools and technology, and superior mobile services."
About China Mobile Limited
China Mobile Limited is the leading
mobile services provider in Mainland China, the Group boasts the world's
largest mobile network and the world's largest mobile customer base. China
Mobile Group Fujian Company Limited ("Fujian Mobile") is a subsidiary of China
Mobile Limited. Today China Mobile has over 815,000,000 customers.
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 focus on China's burgeoning
mobile market of well over 1 Billion Users.
For more information visit:
Company CONTACT: Investor
Relations, Contact phone: (858) 886-7237, Email:
Tennessee Lottery Posts Record Quarterly
$96.8 Million in Education
Funding Best Three-Month Total Since Lottery's Inception Total Raised for
Education Funding Now Exceeds $3.3 Billion
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (April 17,
2015) -- The Tennessee
Education Lottery Corporation today announced the Third Quarter for Fiscal
Year 2015 produced the highest education funding of any three-month period
since the Lottery's inception in January 2004. The record-setting quarter,
covering the period from January 1, 2015, through March 31, 2015, saw a return
in total education funds surpassing $96.8 million, a 10.6% increase-or $9.3
million-over the same period last fiscal year, and $4.7 million more than the
previous record set in the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2012.
Total Lottery funding for
education-related programs in Tennessee-including funds for scholarships,
grants, and after-school programs-now exceeds $3.3 billion since the Lottery's
first day of ticket sales more than 11 years ago. The third quarter of FY15
also saw a record in total Lottery sales of more than $400.9 million, an
increase of more than $24.6 million over the previous record set in the third
quarter of last year.
"This was a remarkably robust
quarter for the Lottery," said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the
Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. "Our array of instant games proved
especially popular, and when combined with sizeable jackpots in our
drawing-style games, we were again able to post record returns. The best news,
of course, is that the funds raised will serve to benefit Tennessee students
and their families all across the state."
About the Tennessee Lottery
The Tennessee Education Lottery
Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of
its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $3.3
billion for designated education programs, funding more than 900,000 college
grants and scholarships, a variety of after-school programs, and the new
Tennessee Promise initiative.
In addition to the educational
beneficiaries, players have won more than $8.2 billion in prizes and Lottery
retailer partners have earned more than $848 million in retailer
For more information, please visit:
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SOURCE: Tennessee Lottery.
Lottery Issues Statement Following Continuation in Hot Lotto®
CLIVE, Iowa, Iowa (April 14, 2015)
-- Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich
released the following statement Monday following announcement that the Polk
County District Court trial involving the Hot Lotto case has been rescheduled
We need to respect the trial
process and allow the court to do its work, so we are not in a position to
discuss the facts that are going to be litigated in this case. We don't want to
do anything that could prejudice the outcome of the trial. But I can tell you
that there are extensive security procedures involved in lottery drawings, and
this case demonstrates why we have to continually sharpen our skills and
There will always be someone
trying to beat the system. The lottery industry has and will continue to update
its security procedures as we identify vulnerabilities to protect against them.
We've introduced additional layers of security and even more separation of
duties at our lottery because of what we've learned in this case, and that's
ultimately been a positive outcome. We also urged that the Multi-State Lottery
Association (MUSL), the vendor organization for which Eddie Tipton worked, put
additional security procedures in place and that has occurred, with more
The equipment and software used
in the Hot Lotto drawings has been replaced since the time that Eddie Tipton
was employed at MUSL. The new equipment and software has been tested and
certified by an independent gaming laboratory and forensically examined for
malicious software, with no concerns identified. The security cameras, other
physical security restrictions and procedures at MUSL also have been replaced
I have confidence that the games
we offer today are fair. Our lottery has strong layers of security in place to
protect lottery players, lottery games and lottery prizes. Those procedures
enabled us to seek information about the winning ticket in this case and not
pay the prize until basic questions could be answered - and they never
We've repeatedly said that this
is an ongoing investigation, and we have more information about this case today
than we did in the past. We have worked side-by-side with law enforcement
throughout this investigation and are eager for the outcome of the trial."
SOURCE: Iowa Lottery.
Croatian National Lottery Integrates Betradar Live Odds
ST. GALLEN, Switzerland (April 16,
2015) -- Betradar, the worlds leading supplier of sports and betting
related data, today announced a new partnership with its longstanding client
Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o.,
the national lottery of Croatia. Under the terms of the agreement, Croatian
Lottery will integrate Betradars market leading Live Odds Service into
its product portfolio, and thereto, significantly enhance the range of its
in-play betting offer provided to the Croatian market.
Betradars Live Odds Service is
a fully automated and integrated in-running trading service that offers a broad
variety of live betting sports and markets. In total the in-play betting
portfolio contains round- the-clock coverage of up to 18,000 live events per
month across 18 different sports with more than 350 unique betting markets. As
the official data partner of the International Tennis Federation (ITF),
Betradar is able to offer over 60,000 live tennis matches per year.
Daniel Feric, Chairman of the Board
of the Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o., said: We took a deliberate decision to
use Betradars service, not least for their experience as the leading
sports and betting-related data service provider. With the integration of
Betradars Live Odds Service, well not only improve our
companys portfolio but also guarantee an entertaining live betting
solution customised to satisfy the needs of all sports
George Schneider, Director Sales at
Sportradar welcomes the extension of the co-operation with the Croatian
Lottery: We are pleased to work with Hrvatska Lutrija as it is very
important for us to strengthen this long and successful partnership. Supporting
them with our comprehensive Live Odds Service, enables Croatian Lottery to
sustain and develop their sports betting offering. Moreover, we are confident
that this valued partnership will lead to great mutual growth, now and in the
Games of chance have long tradition
on the territory of the Republic of Croatia. Their conducting started far back
in 1951 by the establishment of the Croatian Directorate within the Yugoslav
Lottery. After the establishment of Croatia as an independent state in 1991,
all business relationships with the Business Association of Yugoslav Lottery
Organisations were terminated, and in 1993 Lutrija Hrvatske changed its name to
Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o.
Pursuant to Ordinance on foundation
of Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o., the Republic of Croatia is the sole founder of
Croatian Lottery, limited liability company for organisation and conducting
games of chance and entertainment games. Since 1993 Hrvatska Lutrija has been a
member of WLA (World Lottery
Association) and AESL
(Association of European State Lotteries) and has been following models and
standards of business efficiency of similar companies in developed European
countries in technological, organisational and professional terms.
More information can be found on:
Sportradar is a global leader in
understanding and leveraging the power of sports data and digital content for
its clients around the world. We provide cutting-edge solutions and services to
media companies, bookmakers, sports federations and state authorities.
Since its founding in 2001, Betradar
has developed into a key player providing all necessary services to run a
bookmaker operation, such as fixtures, results, odds compiling, trading tools,
in-running services, front-end content solutions like statistics and live
scores, as well as innovative gaming solutions. The diverse portfolio of
betting, managed trading, content, streaming and gaming solutions allows us to
meet the challenges and demands of the international bookmaking industry in a
forward- looking manner. Besides market leading companies in the sports betting
and media industry, Sportradar also operates a unique Fraud Detection System
(FDS) for several federations, including the AFC, CONCACAF and UEFA.
Furthermore, Sportradar is the exclusive, worldwide distributor for ITF
(International Tennis Federation) Official Data.
More than 800 businesses in over 80
countries rely on Sportradar's data depth and quality services in their daily
business. Headquartered in Switzerland, Sportradar has offices in 30 other
cities and employs over 1,000 highly experienced staff worldwide.
CONTACT: Tobias Brunner, Director of
Marketing Operations, Telephone: +49 89 2000 845 255, Email:
Italy's Second-Largest Gaming Group Launch Campaign for its Online
Sportsbook Brand 'Matchpoint'
ITALY (April 20, 2015) -- Sisal
Matchpoint commences betting this week. On air from April 18, the campaign's
communications launch from Sisal. "Sisal Matchpoint. Reinvent the game every
If its there, then you can bet
with Sisal Matchpoint This is the message of the new campaign on air since
Saturday, April 18 on the main television channels and print and web. Sisal
Matchpoint reaffirms its role as a leader in the betting and its ability to
constantly innovate the product through a commercial that tells perfectly the
ability to anticipate the future of the player betting
In the spot in which there is a
match in which many different disciplines - from football, basketball, going to
football and motorcycling - interact with each other, creating a unique sport,
new, original, imagined specifically for customers of Matchpoint: something
which, if it existed, Sisal punters would be the first to be able to play.
Sisal Matchpoint you can find today
the betting of tomorrow, thanks to a schedule that offers an increasing number
of events. " Today the offer of Sisal Matchpoint can be considered among the
most competitive " - explains Sisal Entertainment manager, Francesco
In 2015 we will come to quote
more than 120,000 events , on all sports and from all over the world. Among
these bets there will be many proposals designed and absolute exclusive to our
customers, as was done recently for the Series A, MotoGP, the Superbowl, the
NBA All Star Game and the Formula 1, or for events such as costume Sanremo and
the Oscars. The campaign wants to emphasize that we are launching this very
ability to innovate and renew itself, historically in the DNA of Sisal
The capacity which is also
reflected in Sisal Live Channel , the first channel in-store in Italy that
offers a rich schedule of live sports, supported by information, statistics and
the latest technology. Our intention for the future is to continue to invest,
keeping an eye on the appearance of entertainment, which is increasingly sought
by the bettor . "
For this campaign Sisal Matchpoint
relies on Publicis , the agency that care of business communication bets,
digital games and services Sisal Group. The commercial will be aired from April
18, will be broadcast on the main national broadcasters presiding in a targeted
major sporting events and more headings followed by fans. All the news about
the world Matchpoint be visible on the blog " The Bet "and on the website
State-Owned Lottery Operator Supports Dutch Sports for the Benefit of
NETHERLANDS (April 21, 2015) --
De Lotto, the state-owned
lottery operator of the Netherlands, has reported a profit of 59m for
On behalf of NOC * NSF president
André Bolhuis today from the hands of Ambassador De Lotto Pieter van den
Hoogenband, presented a check for 42.7 million received symbolically for the
benefit of the sport. The presentation took place at Papendal, the heart of the
The overall result of Lotto in 2014
was 59 million. Of this, nearly 43 million to NOC * NSF. Lotto contributes less
prize money and expenses, of 100% of its result to the Dutch society. More than
70% is for the NOC * NSF, the remainder goes to 18 charities in the areas of
culture, health and welfare.
The 76 sports federations affiliated
to the NOC * NSF get from the remittance to the NOC * NSF contribution. Thus,
each federation can from large to small for years count on a structural
contribution of Lotto. Contributions which are of great importance for the
sport. Even small and less commercially attractive sports and athletes it are
suported by this program.
Pieter van den Hoogenband,
ambassador of Lotto commented "The Lotto is invaluable to Dutch Sport This
applies to both the top level and the supporting levels, I personally have also
benefited from the contribution of Lotto in my sports career:.. Sports,
training camps, competitions, everything costs money. The payment of Lotto
makes these facilities available. ".
André Bolhuis, Chairman NOC *
NSF said "For the sport in the Netherlands, De Lotto is vital. Without the
financial support of The Lotto then daily sport for all would be very expensive
and disappears in the Netherlands the place in the international top 10."
Lotto. For sports and
The Lotto was founded over 50 years
ago by athletes to generate by organizing contributions for the Dutch sport.
After deduction of prize money and expenses, 100% of its result goes to the
Dutch society, of which about three-quarters of that goes to NOC * NSF, which
in turn distributes this amount among the 76 affiliated federations.
Since its inception, The Lotto has
already paid 1.5 billion to the NOC * NSF. The remainder is distributed to 18
charities in the areas of culture, health and welfare, such as the Prince
Bernhard Culture Fund, the Heart Foundation and the Orange Fund.
With the products of Lotto you can
win lots of money and also support the sport forever. That's WinWin!
NOC * NSF
NOC * NSF and the sports in the
Netherlands and as Olympic committee responsible for the broadcasting of Dutch
Olympic and Paralympic teams. NOC * NSF puts the sport in a social context. The
goal is to ensure that everyone really does get to enjoy, and wins through
By generating optimal conditions for
all sports in the Netherlands, through the strategy of participating and
Winning means excelling in sports,
getting medals, but also do research, stimulate people every day a little
better, sports to combat obesity, make the Netherlands safer and more social.
We win a lot of sports.
SOURCE: De Lotto.
Florida Lottery Reaches $28 Billion Milestone
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (April 21,
2015) -- The Florida
Lottery today announced a new milestone of $28 billion in transfers to the
state's Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) since opening its doors in
1988. In fiscal year 2013-14, the Lottery achieved record sales resulting in
the transfer of $1.49 billion to Florida's students and schools. The Lottery is
currently on pace to have another record-breaking year, which means another
record level of transfers to education.
Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia
O'Connell was joined by Florida State Representative Alan Williams to make the
announcement and present a ceremonial check representing the $28 billion
generated from Lottery ticket sales for education.
Governor Scott said, "Today's
announcement that the Florida Lottery has reached $28 billion in transfers to
education is great news for Florida students. We know a great job begins with a
great education, and we are working to ensure that every student has access to
the tools they need to succeed in their college and future career. I applaud
the Lottery for their commitment to investing in our students so they can
become the leaders of tomorrow."
"Floridians can always count on
the Lottery to remain focused on our mission to maximize revenues for the
educational programs we fund," said Secretary Cynthia O'Connell. "In the
coming year, we will continue to explore new product offerings that will help
generate enthusiasm among our players and continuing to grow revenues for
education in our state."
This marks the thirteenth
consecutive year the Lottery has transferred more than $1 billion to education,
and has continued to lead the 10 largest-selling lotteries in the nation in
sales growth and growth in contributions to beneficiaries. Just last month, the
Florida Lottery led the nation in single-week Scratch-Off sales for two
straight weeks, setting a national record of more than $95.6 million in
Scratch-Off sales for a single week and resulting in $17 million being
generated for the benefit of Florida students and schools.
"The Lottery's sole mission is
to sell tickets to generate revenue for education," said Florida Lottery
Secretary Cynthia O'Connell. "Floridians can always count on their Lottery
to raise additional funds to benefit the state's most valuable future resource
- our students. We will continue to explore new product offerings that will
help generate enthusiasm among our players and grow revenues for education in
Florida Lottery contributions
represent approximately six percent of the state's total education budget.
Lottery funds are appropriated by the Florida Legislature and are administered
by the Florida Department of Education.
|Cynthia O'Connell and Representative Alan Williams pose with
Florida Lottery employees holding a ceremonial check representing the $28
billion the Florida Lottery has generated for education. These teachers and
students represent a small, yet important, portion of the Florida Lottery's
stakeholders in the state of Florida.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $28 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: Florida Lottery.
Deutsche Telekom Launch tipp3.de a Fair, Transparent Portal
for Sports Betting in Germany
- Österreichische Sportwetten GmbH, a
strong partner with vast experience, is on board
- Secure, responsible betting is a central
- Highlights include quick picks and yes/no
GERMANY (April 22, 2015) -- A new
chapter in sports betting has been opened. The starting whistle for
www.tipp3.de a fair, responsible offering on the sports betting market
was sounded today. Effective immediately, tipp3.de has opened the doors
to an Internet-only offer for sports fans, with a focus on soccer. However,
bets on other sporting events such as basketball and Formula 1
are also possible. The new portal takes bets exclusively for professional
sports; bets on amateur and youth matches are not possible. Deutsche Telekom
holds majority ownership of tipp3.de operator Deutsche Sportwetten GmbH (DSW),
with a 64 percent share, and stands for the motto "We make sports better".
"We are betting on the growth
market of sports wagers," says Matthias Schmidt-Pfitzner, Head of Digital
Media at Deutsche Telekom. "We are entering the business as a trustworthy
online provider with a maximum focus on security, quality and the
The partner in DSW, with a 36
percent share, is Austrian provider Österreichische Sportwetten GmbH
(ÖSW). ÖSW is part of the Casinos Austria Group and boasts more than
14 years of experience in accepting sports bets in Austria one of the
most competitive sports betting markets in Europe. Over this period, ÖSW
has professionally handled more than 140 million sports wagers. The company
pays special attention to the areas of player and youth protection, as well as
to measures aimed to prevent match manipulation. This vast trove of experience
makes ÖSW an ideal partner for Deutsche Telekom.
Responsible gaming is particularly
important to Deutsche Telekom, with a focus on targeted prevention. It involves
specific measures such as the setting of binding limits for deposits, bets and
losses during the registration process, as well as participation in the
"mentor" program, which reliably identifies and points out suspicious betting
patterns. And it is clear that children and young people are not a target
audience for tipp3.de.
No one under 18 years of age can
play; tipp3.de uses the ID Pass from Deutsche Telekom, among other methods, for
age verification. ID Pass ensures that only persons who have been successfully
verified as adults can use tipp3.de. Deutsche Telekom's age verification system
has been rated positively by both the KJM (Commission for the Protection of
Minors in the Media) and FSM (Voluntary Self-Monitoring of Multimedia Service
Providers) in the past.
A simple, easy-to-understand
tipp3.de gives each customer a
unique sports betting experience. The selection of sports wagers is diverse,
yet clearly arranged. tipp3.de offers bets on popular sports disciplines, such
as soccer, ice hockey, tennis and basketball. Unique betting forms such
as a quick pick with additional bonus and simple yes/no bets provide an
entirely new way to experience the world of sports betting.
Placing a wager makes following the
sporting event especially exciting. It's about entertainment, fun and putting
one's own sports expertise to the test.
The quick pick offers a fast way to
get started in the world of sports betting and offers and extra bonus of 15
percent on top of the total odds.
A preselection of sports events and
results makes it possible to place bets with just a few clicks, and can be
changed at any time. Easily, quickly and conveniently.
Instead of selecting odds and
special bets, the "yes/no" questions are simply answered with "yes" or "no".
Bets of one euro and up can be placed, and bettors win twice their bet even if
the question package contains one wrong answer. From entire Bundesliga match
days to individual winter sports events, the yes/no bet covers a wide range of
Each new customer at www.tipp3.de
will receive a starting bonus of up to EUR 103 on their first deposit.
Deutsche Telekom is one of the
worlds leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 151
million mobile customers, 30 million fixed-network lines and more than 17
million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2014).
The Group provides fixed network,
mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers
and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers.
Deutsche Telekom is present in more
than 50 countries and has approximately 228,000 employees worldwide.
The Group generated revenues of EUR
62.7 billion in the 2014 financial year more than 60 percent of it
SOURCE: Deutsche Telekom.
March Was Mad Fun for Many New Jersey Lottery Instant Ticket
Instant Ticket Players Won
More Than Ten Million Dollars
TRENTON, N.J. (April 20, 2015)
The largest top prize that has ever been offered in New Jersey Lottery
instant ticket history was won and claimed in March by Lacey Katona from
Linden. The new $30 ticket, $5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza instant game, was a
life-changing event for her and her family. Katona said about the win, My
family feels truly blessed.
A press event to celebrate the win
was presided over by Carole Hedinger, Lottery Executive Director and held at
the lucky retail location, Krauszers in Linden. Local and national news
media were in attendance to report on the
Equally as thrilled and surrounded
by her family, Nicole Searight came to headquarters to claim her $2,000,000
Mega Cash instant game prize. Nicole said that her favorite games include
Crossword, Big Money Poker, $10 Cash Spectacular, and now, her life-changing
favorite is the Mega Cash game. When Nicole described what the experience was
like for her when she realized that she had won she said, I was
hysterically crying. Her mom added, I thought someone had
died she couldnt breathe.
Once calm, she began thinking
long-term. Nicole decided to take the annuity prize so that she and her son can
feel secure for the next 25 years. Living for today is also important, so
Nicole purchased a new house to call home and a new truck to get her there.
This summer, she and her son will
experience the wonder of Disney World! Dreams really do come true.
The instant ticket excitement
didnt end there. Adelaide DeCarlo of Lyndhurst claimed her $1,000 a Week
for Life prize by accepting the lump sum payment of $1,000,000 before taxes.
Her lucky retailer was 7-Eleven #32353 (N) in Lyndhurst.
Congratulations to all of
our top-tier instant ticket prize winners, said Carole Hedinger, NJ
Lottery Executive Director. Marchs top-tier instant ticket annuity prize
value was $10,907,777.
In total, more than $107 million in
prizes were paid to New Jersey Lottery instant ticket winners during the month
Topping the list was the $5,000,000
Cash Extravaganza, followed by the $2,000,000 Mega Cash, a $1,000 A Week Win
for Life, and a Diamond Spectacular million dollar win. In addition, there were
7 $30,000 prizes paid, 20 $20,000 prizes paid and 12 $10,000 prizes paid.
Everyone wins when they
play New Jersey Lottery games because lottery revenue benefits residents across
the state, said Hedinger. A minimum of 30 percent of game revenue is
contributed to the state on behalf of state education and vital institutions.
This month, instant ticket sales
contributed more than $36.7 million towards those causes bringing the total
instant ticket contribution thus far to more than $267 million.
ABOUT THE NEW JERSEY
New Jersey residents benefit from
Lottery funds generated by ticket sales. Lottery revenue supports educational
programs, grants and institutions across the State.
Since its inception in 1970, the New
Jersey Lottery (NJLottery.com) has contributed more than $24 billion to the
State in support of education and institutions.
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: NJ Lottery.
Hoosier Lottery Tickets Are Recyclable!
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (April 22,
2015) - Today's recognition of Earth Day often highlights the importance of
recycling, and the Hoosier
Lottery is in on the game!
All Hoosiers, including Hoosier
Lottery players and retailers, should be aware all Hoosier Lottery tickets and
playslips are recyclable
Hoosier Lottery players are
encouraged to always check their Hoosier Lottery tickets carefully before
If draw game tickets aren't jackpot
winners, they may still be worth money to the owner. Hoosier Lottery drawings
produce thousands of winning tickets at various prize levels. All Hoosier
Lottery winning numbers can be viewed at hoosierlottery.com or on the Hoosier
Lottery app. Draw game prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the draw
Before recycling, Scratch-off
players will want to ensure they are not missing out on a second chance to win.
Many Scratch-off games feature second-chance promotions that offer additional
prize drawings requiring presentation of the original ticket to claim the
Players should check
www.hoosierlottery.com/mylottery.com for information about all active second
chance promotions before recycling their Scratch-off tickets.
ABOUT THE HOOSIER
Hoosier Lottery distributions
benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30
million to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million to the
Teachers' Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2013, the Hoosier Lottery contributed
$164.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund.
To learn more about the Hoosier
Download the official Hoosier
Lottery app and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
GSA's Online Gaming Committee to Finalize Third-Party Game Interface
Standard During Its Upcoming Meeting in London May
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (April 16, 2015)
-- The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) today announced that the group's
Online Gaming Committee will meet May 12 & 13 in London to do a final
review of the Third-Party Game Interface standard. The Third-Party Game
Interface is used to link together iGaming Platforms, Remote Game Servers, and
Progressive Servers. During the meeting, the committee will also discuss
standards for online Regulatory Reporting and Software Authentication.
Peter DeRaedt emphasized the
importance of the May meeting for the industry saying, "This is not the time
for suppliers or operators to sit on the side lines. We encourage all
interested parties to jump in with both feet to ensure that their voices and
opinions are heard as this important standard is being finalized."
GSA Protocol Director, Ethan Tower
amplified the purpose of the meeting saying, "We'll not only be finishing
the Third-Party Game Interface but also discussing the scope of work and
schedules for the development of standards that address critical regulatory
reporting and central monitoring requirements." Tower also noted that,
"The committee's goal is to present the proposed standards to the regulatory
community this coming fall."
Only members of GSA can participate
in GSA's technical committees creating and managing the standards that drive
the gaming industry.
There are levels of membership to
fit every organization's needs and budget. Visit www.gamingstandards.com to
join GSA today.
Established in 1998, GSA's members
represent a wide cross section of the global gaming industry.
For more information, visit:
www.gamingstandards.com and join GSA on Facebook, LinkedIn, and
SOURCE: Gaming Standards