and Wynn Resorts Sign Systems Agreement
LONDON, U.K. (September 29, 2015) --
International Game Technology
PLC (IGT) (NYSE: IGT) announced that Wynn Resorts has signed an
agreement to install a comprehensive suite of IGT systems applications at Wynn
Las Vegas, and at Wynn Palace in Macau and Wynn Everett in Massachusetts upon
completion of their construction.
We are pleased to provide
our comprehensive system solutions and applications to complement IGTs
leading floor share of games at Wynn Las Vegas. IGT systems are designed to
optimize floor efficiency and drive player engagement, and Wynn Resorts can
leverage our unique applications to provide guests with unparalleled gaming
experiences and personalized service, said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO
North America Gaming & Interactive (DoubleDown Casino)
Our guests are our top
priority at Wynn Resorts, and IGT systems empower us to connect with players in
new and meaningful ways that drive fun and excitement. IGT systems applications
will help us deliver customized entertainment experiences and access to resort
amenities that truly make our guests feel special, said Maurice
Wooden, President Wynn Las Vegas.
The IGT server-based systems
installation includes an upgrade to IGT Advantage 9.x system integrated
with sbX application, including Floor Manager and a host of bonusing and
Wynn Resorts guests can add to their
gaming excitement with intuitive Service Window applications such as the
Message Blast software, which offers relevant communications to players,
and bonusing and incentive-based applications such as Carded Lucky Time,
ReturnPlay, Virtual Drawing Manager, Random Riches, and Celebration
Prizes software products. The sbX Taxable Accrual application
enables players to quickly process their jackpots for tax purposes.
For more information about IGT
systems, visit igt.com/systems.
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader
in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all
channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to
Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content,
substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence,
operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions
anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a
well-established local presence and relationships with governments and
regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by
adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility.
IGT has approximately 13,000 employees.
For more information, please visit:
CONTACT: Phil OShaughnessy,
IGT Corporate Communications, +1 (702) 669 - 2975.
© 2015 IGT. All Rights
Scientific Games Partners with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer
Products for First-Ever Themed Slot Machine Based on THE
Set to Debut at G2E,
All-New Game and Cabinet Transports Players to Springfield
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (September 29,
2015) -- Scientific Games
(NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced a new
partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Gracie Films to
create a themed slot machine based on the longest running scripted television
series THE SIMPSONS. The never before seen Gamescape cabinet will be officially
unveiled in Scientific Games' booth #1126 at the Global Gaming Expo ("G2E"),
taking place from September 29 to October 1. The slot theme will star Homer and
Marge Simpson, Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum and many other iconic characters from the
"THE SIMPSONS game on our new
Gamescape cabinet combines one of the most recognizable and beloved brands in
the world with some of the greatest innovations in the gaming industry,"
said Derik Mooberry, Scientific Games' Group Chief Executive, Gaming.
"We are extremely proud to work
closely with Fox Consumer Products and Gracie Films on the development of this
game, and believe players around the globe will be thrilled with the
"Our teams worked extremely hard
to ensure the first SIMPSONS-themed slot machine is a true testament to the
brand, providing a truly immersive experience," said Jeffrey Godsick,
President of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. "With dynamic new
content, attention to detail -and a few surprises- Scientific Games is creating
an entertaining gaming experience that we know fans will enjoy."
The pioneering Gamescape cabinet
utilizes three vivid, high-definition displays that angle toward the player,
and a 40-inch curved top screen that surrounds the player. Additionally, an
ergonomic 10.4-inch tablet button panel integrates gameplay to coordinate
graphics across multiple displays. The result is five unique screens that
virtually combine to create an expanded platform for stunning graphics and
Lighting around the edge of each
display envelops the player. An integrated sound bar completes the sensory
experience by delivering 3D stereo sound, without the need for a sound chair.
The sound bar matches the width of the cabinet so that stereo sound moves not
only from right to left but up and down as well.
"THE SIMPSONS" & ©
2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved
Unless otherwise noted above,
trademarks are owned in the United States and elsewhere by Scientific Games
Corporation or one or more of its directly or indirectly owned companies. Press
release © 2015 Scientific Games. All Rights Reserved.
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 Company's 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 www.scientificgames.com.
About THE SIMPSONS
The longest-running scripted show in
television history, THE SIMPSONS exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990
and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment
franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Currently airing its
record-annihilating 27th season, THE SIMPSONS has won 32 Emmy Awards, 32 Annie
Awards, a 2015 People's Choice Award, was the first animated series to win a
Peabody Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the
theatrical short "The Longest Daycare." The Simpsons Movie was a hit feature
film, their mega-attraction The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios has received
historic expansion updates with the addition of 'Springfield' and the show was
honored with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000. It has been named
the "Best Show of the 20th Century" by Time Magazine, and called the "Greatest
American Sitcom" by Entertainment Weekly in 2013.
THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films
Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks,
Matt Groening, and Al Jean are the Executive Producers. The Gracie Films
Worldwide Brand Division develops and produces the licensed content for the
series. Film Roman, a Starz Company, is the animation house.
About TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
A division 21st Century Fox and
recognized industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products licenses
and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film
Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company, as
well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox
Television, the flagship studio leading the industry in supplying award-winning
and blockbuster primetime television programming and entertainment content.
COMPANY CONTACT: Bill Pfund, Vice
President, Investor Relations, Phone: +1 702-532-7663, Email:
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Lottery Veteran Derek Gwaltney Joins Alchemy3
Former IGT Executive to
Become Director of New Business & Product Development
ROSWELL, Georgia (September 29,
2015) -- Derek Gwaltney will join Alchemy3 as the Director of New Business and
Product Development on October 1. Gwaltney worked for IGT/GTECH from 1996 until
2015 where he excelled and advanced throughout his time there.
"Derek shares Alchemy3's vision
for delivering smart gaming solutions to the lottery industry," said Paul
Guziel, CEO, Alchemy3.
"His development experience and strong relationship building skills ideally
complement our corporate culture."
Gwaltney comes to Alchemy3 with 19
years of lottery, instant ticket, iGaming and casino experience. Throughout his
career he lead various cross functional teams to include marketing, computer
operations, field service, product development, technology, interactive web
services and project management.
While working with the Georgia
Lottery, Gwaltney was instrumental in the development and deployment of the
Georgia Lottery's iLottery and Prepaid iHOPEcard program.
|Derek Gwaltney will join Alchemy3 as the Director of New
Business and Product Development
"We are very excited to welcome
Derek to the Alchemy3 team," said Pete Donahue, Vice President of Sales and
Marketing. "His broad experience in the industry, ability to understand
lotteries wants and needs and commitment to delivering above and beyond
expectations makes him the perfect fit for A3."
"Over the years I have always
respected Alchemy3's products and services that they provide to some of the
most successful lotteries in North America. A3's commitment to understanding
and creating programs that appeal to individual lotteries was a huge draw for
me," said Gwaltney.
"As Director of New Business and
Product Development I look forward to continuing to work with lotteries and
utilizing my experience and creativity to identify new and exciting
opportunities for Alchemy3."
Since its inception in 2007,
Alchemy3 has become one of a select few companies in America that holds
exclusive licenses to provide services to the North American Lottery Industry.
A3 has worked with nearly all of
North America's lotteries and maintains strong contacts in every jurisdiction.
The company not only holds the
esteem of lotteries; but also with world class companies like The Home Depot,
Honda, Bass Pro Shops and Royal Caribbean International who use A3 as their
trusted brand stewards in the lottery world.
A3 has worked hard to achieve their
market position by putting brand owners and lottery clients' needs first--
providing them with "boutique" type attention and executing programs with the
highest level of integrity, honesty and thoughtfulness.
Powerball® Redesign: Better Overall Odds of Winning a
10X Feature Added When
Starting Jackpots Are Lower
Changes Should Continue
to Deliver Big Jackpots, Bump Up Other Significant Prizes
DOVER, Delaware (September 29, 2015)
-- An updated version of the Powerball game will debut on Sunday, Oct. 4, with
changes designed to continue to deliver big jackpots while upping some other
significant prizes in the game.
Plays will still cost $2 each, and
there will be better overall odds of winning any prize, a big jump up to
$50,000 for the game's third prize level, and a chance for players to multiply
most winnings by up to 10 times when the jackpot is $150 million or less.
"Powerball has been revamped
several times in its 23-year history to continue to deliver the big jackpots
people expect from the game, but also give players the chance to win other
significant prizes," said Vernon Kirk, Director of the
Delaware Lottery. "Our
latest changes are designed to continue that trend and build in several new
Since getting its start in April
1992 in 15 states with jackpots that started at a guaranteed $2 million,
Powerball has grown into one of the world's biggest and most recognizable
lottery games. Today it's sold by 47 lotteries across the nation, with players
buying more than $4 billion in Powerball tickets each year. The biggest jackpot
in the game to date was a $590.5 million prize won by a Florida woman in May
With the game's success comes demand
for innovation to keep things fresh. Kirk said that the latest changes are the
eighth revamp of the game.
"Players have told us they'd like
to see new features in Powerball, and we needed a redesign to make that
possible," he said.
The first drawing with the new
features will be on Wednesday, Oct. 7. There will be changes to both sets of
numbers that players use. Players will choose their first five numbers from a
set of 69 (currently 59) white balls and their Powerball from a pool of 26
(currently 35) red balls. The end result will be better overall odds of winning
any prize with extended odds of winning the jackpot.
Powerball jackpots will continue to
start at $40 million and the game's second prize for matching the first five
numbers but missing the Powerball will still be $1 million. The game's third
prize level is getting a five-fold increase from $10,000 to $50,000 for
matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball.
The game's Power Play® option
also will get a big expansion with a 10X feature when jackpots in the game are
at lower levels. Currently, players can multiply many prizes by up to five
times by adding the Power Play option to their purchase for an extra $1 per
play. Under the new design, the Power Play option will be expanded to multiply
most prizes (except the jackpot and Match 5 level) by up to 10 times whenever
the game's advertised annuitized jackpot is $150 million or less. The Match 5
prize of $1 million will continue to double to $2 million with the Power Play
"The 10X feature in the Power
Play has been used in short-term promotions in the past and players have always
liked it, so we're keeping it as an enhancement to the game," Kirk
Starting Oct. 7, the Power Play
numbers available will be 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X and 10X when the jackpot is $150
million or less. Only the first four multipliers will be in play when the
jackpot is higher than that.
Powerball drawings will continue to
be held at 10:59 p.m. Eastern on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
About the Delaware
Since the start of operations in
1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $4.5 billion to the
state's General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit
everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®,
MEGA MILLIONS®, HOT LOTTO®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, LUCKY FOR LIFE, PLAY
3, PLAY 4, Keno, iGaming and assorted Instant Games, Video Lottery, Sports
Lottery, and Table Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are
available at delottery.com, at licensed locations and from the Lottery's office
SOURCE: Delaware Lottery.
Laboratories International (GLI®) Australia Welcomes Andrew Campbell as
Manager Compliance & Quality Assurance
ADELAIDE, Australia (September 30,
2015) Gaming Laboratories
International (GLI®) Australia has announced Andrew Campbell as Manager
Compliance & Quality Assurance. This appointment is the result of continued
growth in the region, especially in the Adelaide laboratory where he is
As Manager Compliance & Quality
Assurance, Campbell is responsible for ensuring all gaming licensing
obligations are met as well as overseeing the maintenance of the Quality
Management System, ensuring that the quality of testing has been carried out in
accordance with this system.
GLI Australias Chief Operating
Officer APAC Espee de Robillard said, Andrews experience in the
lotteries industry, combined with his strong background in IT and Quality
Assurance, will further boost GLIs strength in the Asia-Pacific region.
Andrew has management experience and an expert knowledge of lottery operations
that will compliment GLIs existing capability in the casino and online
Campbell holds a Bachelors Degree in
business and electronic commerce from Monash University and has an extensive
background in lotteries. Having commenced at SA Lotteries (South Australia) in
1990 and serving for over 20 years, Campbells experience ranges from
Computer (Mainframe) Operations to lotteries IT Quality Assurance Manager,
where he managed all the lotteries testing and quality assurance activities.
After leaving SA Lotteries, he held similar quality assurance and change
management positions in both the public and private sectors.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
GLIs laboratory locations are
found on six continents, and the company 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:
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Marketing +1 (702) 914-2220 or Email:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Winners Are Multiplying All Over the State from Playing the
Florida Lottery's 1,000th Scratch-Off Game
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (September 25,
2015) -- On Tuesday, the Florida Lottery marked its 1,000th Scratch-Off game
with the launch of its newest $20 ticket, $5,000,000 FLAMINGO MULTIPLIER. In
just two days, the game has already produced more than 110,000 winners.
"We knew $5,000,000 FLAMINGO
MULTIPLIER would excite players because it's such a fun game and is packed full
of prizes, but we also wanted to give retailers an additional reason to be
excited," said Florida Lottery Interim Secretary Tom Delacenserie.
"We created a contest in which
the first 20 retailers to sell a $1,000 winning ticket would win $1,000! I'm
pleased to announce that contest has ended now, as 80 $1,000 prizes have
already been won by players and the first 20 retailers, representing every
sales district in the state, will be getting their $1,000 bonus."
The $5,000,000 FLAMINGO MULTIPLIER
game features more than $346 million in cash prizes including, six top prizes
of $5,000,000 and 20 prizes of $1,000,000. The game's overall odds of winning
Florida Lottery tickets, including
$5,000,000 FLAMINGO MULTIPLIER, and the three other games that launched this
week, are available for purchase at more than 13,000 Lottery retailers
statewide. To learn more about Florida Lottery games, or to find a retailer
near you, please visit flalottery.com.
Scratch-Off games are an important
part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 67 percent
of ticket sales and generating more than $632 million for the Educational
Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2014-15.
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 97 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 $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people
For more information, please visit:
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Kentucky Lottery Sales 9% Ahead of Last Year, Slightly Below
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (September 25,
2015) -- In today's meeting of the
Kentucky Lottery's board
of directors, it was announced sales for the first two months of FY16 (July and
August) were $153.1 million. This is $12.9 million (or 9.2%) more than the same
period last year, and just $631,000 less than budget.
Scratch-off tickets continued their
strong performance, turning in sales in this period of $97 million. This is
$9.4 million (10.8%) more than the same period last year and $3.1 million
(3.3%) more than budget.
According to Vice President of
Finance and Administration Rick Kelley, the strongest percentage sales increase
came from the daily Pick 3 game.
This category saw an 11.6% increase
in sales from the previous fiscal year, closing the period at $23.5 million.
"Popular sets of numbers being drawn in July that our players really like -
such as consecutive digits - led to an additional 3.3% in prize payments for
the game," said Kelley. "However, sales tend to go up after an event
such as this, and it's definitely the trend we've seen in Pick 3."
While Powerball and Mega Millions
sales for the two months continued to trend downward (Powerball sales were $3.2
million below budget and Mega Millions sales were $1.3 million below budget),
Kelley said an ongoing Powerball jackpot run is helping generate increased
sales. The jackpot for Saturday's drawing is an estimated $267 million.
Income before transfer of dividends
was $37.7 million for July and August, $1.1 million more than last year but
$275,000 less than budget.
In other business, the board
- A lease renewal for the Prestonsburg regional
office and storage space.
- Negotiations for a contract with ADP as the
apparent successful offeror to the RFP for web-based payroll and human
resources integrated solutions and related services;
- An amendment to the current contract with Bandy
Carroll Hellige for advertising and related services to include social media
strategy and content creation, and;
- Rules and regulations for 13 scratch-off tickets,
iLottery game rules and amended Powerball game rules.
The next meeting of the KLC's board
of directors will be Thursday November 19. The meeting will begin at 9:30 AM
EST, and will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in
Louisville. Committee meetings will begin at 8:30 AM EST.
The Kentucky Lottery has earned more
than $4 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989. KLC dividends pay for college
scholarships, grants and literacy programs.
www.kheaa.com to find out
more about grants and scholarships paid for by the KLC.
SOURCE: The Kentucky Lottery.
Fastraks POD Dispensers Are a Success for the Irish
LONDON, U.K. (September 23, 2015) --
The Fastrak Lottery
Services POD Scratch Card Dispensing system is unique, highly innovative
and manufactured from materials such as, ABS plastic, polycarbonate plastic and
PETG. Its a fully modular dispensing assemble that provides a completely
flexible and secure unit, whilst ensuring simple, and easy to use retail
merchandising and ticket dispensing.
Our many years of experience in the
lottery market has paid dividends when it came to designing the optimum scratch
card and instant ticket dispensing system.
One significant key feature is that
customers can clearly and easily see the game, the cost of play and the prize
opportunity. It is a known fact that this facilitates increases in sales at
point of purchase. Additionally the branding and accessory range we offer
allows individual lottery operators to create a unique and effective display in
line with their specific brand guidelines.
The solution allows our clients to
select from a menu of products and accessories that incorporates
everything from a simple printed header to integrated and digital messaging for
marketing and jackpot communication.
As part of a wider marketing
campaign the Irish National Lottery awarded Fastrak Retail with the contract to
provide a complete solution to refresh and revitalise scratchcard merchandising
and dispensing systems throughout their National estate.
The projects primary objective was
to increase instant ticket sales over the estate by retrofitting our unique POD
solutions into widely varying retail outlets. This meant that one off the most
challenging objectives was to design a mounting solution that would offer a
completely flexible mounting options with one generic component / assembly.
This was achieved by designing a
multi directional base plate that could be quickly and easily changed in line
with store requirements at point of install.
The system allows left or right hand
horizontal mounting in addition to the option to secure the plate vertically
which was a known requirement where the unit was located behind / above the
in-store waterfall confectionery display.
The feedback from our client was
extremely exciting. Sales increases of up to 50% were experienced in some
A great example of how innovative
retail design within the Iottery POS market influences customer interaction and
SOURCES: The Fastrak Lottery
Lottery Offer More Convenient Option for Prize Collection
PORTLAND, Oregon (September 23,
2015) -- Portland area Oregon
Lottery prize winners will soon have a closer, more convenient option to
redeem their prizes.
The Lottery will open a new
Wilsonville Payment Center on Thursday, October 1. The payment center, located
at 9760 S.W. Wilsonville Road just off exit 283 on Interstate 5, will pay
prizes less than $50,000.
Prizes of $50,000 and greater must
be redeemed at the Lottery office in Salem.
"Lottery records indicate that
over 50 percent of prize payments at the Lottery's
Salem office are paid to players
from the Portland metro area," said Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts.
"Providing a closer alternative
for those players is a win-win for both the players and Lottery."
Hours for the Wilsonville Payment
Center are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Since the Oregon Lottery began
selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has paid its players more than $28
billion in prizes.
In that same period, the Lottery has
earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state
parks and watershed enhancements.
For more information on the Oregon
Lottery visit: www.oregonlottery.org.
SOURCE: Oregon Lottery.
Lottery Provider Successively Won Bids from Two Provinces This Year,
Maintaining the Companys Industry Leading Position
CHINA (September 24, 2015) --
Holdings Limited (the Company) is pleased to announce that a
Companys subsidiary, Guangzhou Lottnal Terminal Company Limited
(Lottnal), has successively won bids for Heilongjiang and Guangxi
Sports Lottery computer-generated ticket game (CTG) terminal
procurement programmes recently. To date, the Company has claimed 30% market
share of this years total Sports Lottery terminal procurement volume
nationwide, and retained its top supplier position so far this year.
Of these two provinces, Heilongjiang
was a second win while Guangxi a third win. Sports Lottery sales in
Heilongjiang have increased impressively in the past three years from RMB3
billion in 2012, RMB4 billion in 2013 to a new high of RMB7 billion in 2014,
representing an increase of 65% compared to 2013 and took eighth place in terms
of sales nationwide.
Being a new strategic development
focal point in the Southwestern and South Central parts of China, Guangxi has
seen outstanding performance in its Sports Lottery in recent years.
While nationwide lottery sales
growth is slowing down this year, Guangxis Sports Lottery sales
maintained strong growth, with an 80.6% increase year-on-year for the first
seven months of 2015, claiming first place in terms of growth nationwide.
The Company has shown remarkable
performance since it entered the nations Sports CTG terminal market in
2013. To date, its market share has grown rapidly by providing products and
services to almost half of the provinces and regions across the nation.
The Company has become a major
participant in the nations Sports Lottery market. It will continue to
enhance its corporate value and competitiveness to maintain its industry
SOURCE: China LotSynergy Holdings
Michigan Lottery Teaming-Up with National Guard to Help
LANSING, Michigan (September 25,
2015) -- Starting Monday, Michigan
Lottery players have a chance to win a big jackpot and help Michigan
veterans and their families by playing the new Veterans Day 50/50 Raffle.
The Lottery has teamed up with the
National Guard Association of Michigan, NGAM, for the Veterans Day 50/50
A portion of proceeds from every
ticket sold will go to NGAM to support its efforts to help Michigan veterans
and their families.
Tickets for the Veterans Day 50/50
Raffle may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state. Players may
purchase a single play for $5 each, five plays for $20, 15 plays for $50, or 40
plays for $100.
Tickets for the raffle will be sold
until 11:59 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The Veterans Day 50/50 Raffle
jackpot will grow with each ticket purchased.
Fifty cents of each $1 wagered will
be added to the jackpot. Players may check the amount of the growing jackpot by
The Veterans Day 50/50 Raffle
jackpot drawing will take place on November 12.
One lucky player whose number
matches in exact order the number drawn by the Lottery will win the
SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.
Arkansas Lottery: Six Years of Big Wins, Big Money, and Bigger
Opportunity for Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (September 26,
2015) -- With over 200,000 Arkansas students awarded over a half a billion
dollars in lottery-funded Academic Challenge Scholarships, the
Lottery is celebrating six full years of big wins and big opportunities for
higher education and an educated, higher-earning workforce.
"Before that first ticket was
bought on September 28, 2009, we could only guess at what this lottery could do
for our state," Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said.
"Everyone had an opinion, but no one-the taxpayers who overwhelmingly voted
for it, the lawmakers who designed it, the Arkansas Lottery staff and
management that worked night and day to get that first ticket up for sale-no
one knew for sure what that first day would be like."
Winners have made the Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery great! Those include the students that have started
college, in the state, this year and those that have already graduated as
recipients of a lottery funded scholarship. Along with the students that have
secured and enjoyed the benefits of lottery scholarship funding, the players of
Arkansas have won big as well.
Since the Arkansas Scholarship
Lottery began selling tickets on September 28, 2009, one player from Beebe won
$3 Million in Mega Millions®, five players throughout the state have won $2
MILLION each. Another thirty-five Arkansas players have each won a $1 Million
prize. In total to date, the Arkansas Lottery has created forty-three
millionaires in the past six years, including the $25 MILLION Powerball®
winner from Conway.
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has
had a multiplier effect for education and the economy of Arkansas. Lottery
tickets have funded scholarships that help pay for college degrees. College
degrees build talent. Talented citizens help Arkansas compete on the global
stage for good jobs and new business. With every lottery ticket an Arkansan
chooses to buy, we have invested in each other and the future of students
across the state.
Bishop Woosley, who joined the
Lottery staff in July 2009, said part of the gamble in 2009 was an economy
still unsteady after a year of recession. "Had we thought more about what
was working against us, we might have wished for more time," Woosley said.
"But the mandate of the voters and the General Assembly was clear: Get it
done now, Get it done fast, Get it done right. We had just over 1,200 retailers
across the state who stepped up to sell our tickets, and they have been the
'driving force' ever since."
To validate the efforts put forth by
the retailers, staff and citizens of Arkansas, the $2.63 Billion plus in net
ticket sales earned since start-up in September 2009, the vast majority of the
ticket sales has gone right back into Arkansas in the form of retail
commissions, prizes and scholarships equal to 95 cents of every dollar spent on
In the past six years, the Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery has built a track record of sales far beyond those
anticipated on that September 28th morning in 2009. Here is the Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery, at six years, by the numbers:
- $529.9 MILLION* in net proceeds, providing
scholarships for more than 200,000 Arkansas residents pursuing opportunities
and advancement through higher education at Arkansas's 47 public and private
nonprofit colleges and universities; [*Net proceeds earned from Sept. 2009 to
- $2.634 BILLION in net ticket sales;
- $1.668 BILLION in prizes paid on tickets purchased
- Over $1 MILLION in unpaid personal income tax and
unpaid child support deducted from claims and returned to Arkansas
- $11.5 MILLION in Arkansas state income tax and
$41.6 million in Federal income tax paid on Lottery winnings;
- $1.26 MILLION in average daily ticket sales and
cashing commissions paid to licensed Lottery Retailers selling tickets in
- $148 MILLION in lottery retailer commissions earned
With six years now marked on the
calendar , the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is celebrating its Anniversary with
a new look to the future and newer, bigger instant, draw, and multi-state game
enhancements. And ad campaigns that say "Thank you!" (look at what we have
accomplished together), to the people of Arkansas for playing the Lottery and
making higher education a reality for more Arkansas students.
Tickets for our newest game, Lucky
For Life went on sale in January of 2015, offering players a top prize of up to
$1,000 a day for life. The second level top prize of $25,000 a year for life
was just won this month, by a player from Benton, Arkansas.
The Arkansas Only game, the Natural
State Jackpot just had its second highest prize ever ($345,000), won by a
player from North Little Rock. The lottery has proven to be a winning
combination of the students and citizens of Arkansas taking home a whole host
of benefits from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery each year. The seventh year
is now under way, to add even more to the impressive list of accomplishments
that have benefited all of Arkansas over the past six years.
Thank you Arkansas!
SOURCE: Arkansas Lottery.
State Lottery Ads Tell the Story of Real Life Lottery-Scholarship
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (September
18, 2015) For many the Lottery is more than a game, its a ticket
to an education. And a new series of commercials the
South Carolina Education
Lottery began airing this week tell this story like none before.
Real South Carolinians, not actors,
star in the three, 60-second commercials. Few words are spoken in the ads that
take viewers on a visual journey profiling the life experiences of three
individuals touched by lottery scholarshipsa University of South Carolina
student, the grandmother of a Midlands Technical College graduate, and a cancer
researcher and graduate of Clemson University.
The commercials close with the
tagline, The impact of an education is beyond words.
Leslie Bruce, a geology student and
LIFE scholarship recipient at the University of South Carolina, along with her
professor Dr. David Barbeau invited the Lottery to chronicle their travels to a
dig site in Utah. Through Bruces eyes we feel the excitement of packing
your bags, hiking trails and excavating in the desert before coming home to
Today Bruce is studying for her
masters in geology.
In another ad, we watch as Barbara
Wallace opens the screen door for her granddaughter, Tameeka, who has just
learned of her acceptance to Midlands Technical College. The story line follows
the grandmother as she watches Tameekas progression through school and
culminates with an emotional scene where Tameeka takes off her graduation cap
and places it atop her grandmothers head.
Stephen Shufords story is a
poignant, personal one.
After graduating from Clemson
University with the help of a lottery scholarship, Shuford takes a job with
KIYATEC, a cancer research firm in Greenville that works with Greenville Health
System. Shuford is identified in the ad as a Cancer scientist, but
that word disappears and is replaced with cancer survivor.
To view all three ads produced by
Mad Monkey, visit our YouTube channel at:
To date, over 1.4 million
lottery-funded scholarships have been awarded to South Carolinas
SOURCE: SC Lottery.
Svenska Spel Offer Games in Swedish Basketball
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (September 27,
2015) -- Swedish men's basketball is making a comeback after three years as the
play of Svenska Spel. The winning odds for the season 2015/16 says
Södertälje Kings defends the title and take home the SM-gold.
"It will be an interesting
season and three teams fight for the top positions. We keep reigning champions
Södertälje Kings as a favorite for the gold medal, although we think
that Boras on paper have the best playing squad," says Per
Carlandersplatsen Svenska Spel bookmakers.
In conjunction with the Svenska Spel
stopped play on several league matches and the Basketball Association reported
several people on suspicion of matchfixning resolved Svenska Spel stopping all
bets on the Swedish basketball league.
With the background of the measures
Federation implemented to curb the problem has Svenska Spel made the assessment
before the league start in 2015/16 to resume play on the Swedish men's
The games we offer our customers
to be safe and secure. Before each league start, we therefore make an
assessment whether we can and will offer games. Now we have taken the decision
to once again offer bets on the Swedish men's basketball, says Per
SOURCE: Svenska Spel.
Fleur's 2015 European Lottery Abstract©-13th Edition
La Fleur's 2015 European Lottery
Abstract (13th edition) features historical profiles of Europe's 70-plus
national, provincial, regional and private lotteries, including annual sales by
game, government profits, prizes, game details, retailer network data, ad
budgets and vendor contracts.
The book traces lottery sales by
game in local currency and converted to U.S. dollars from 2011 through 2014.
Each profile provides a detailed historical account of the lottery's startup.
For easy reference, each lottery's full address, phone, fax and website address
are listed on the first page of the profile.
There is a summary of vital
statistics, including the year established, organizational type and use of
lottery profits. The second page of the profile provides a four-year summary of
lottery sales (local currency) by game, including passive, instant, numbers,
lotto, spiel, sports games and Internet wagering.
There is a separate table converting
the lotteries' 2014 sales by game into U.S. currency, including total sales and
per capita sales by game. Each game for the lottery is described in the Game
Mechanics summary, including the game's generic class, year begun and ticket
Each lottery's instant ticket
printer and systems vendor is also listed. The Statistical Section of the book
tracks data on the European lottery industry.
Section 3 tracks
each lottery's 2014 lottery sales by game in local currency and converted to
U.S. dollars for rankings by total sales and per capita sales as well as
individual game sales (lotto, instant, numbers, toto, draw, keno and video
lottery terminal (VLTs).
Section 4 tracks
each lottery's 2014 sales by game converted to Euros for rankings by total
sales and per capita sales for lotto/spiel, instant, numbers, toto, draw, keno
Section 5 examines
the instant game strategy plus top selling instant tickets for a select number
of European lotteries. The Fast Facts section includes key information on
vendor contracts, lottery startup years, earmarking of profits, game mix and
2014 Internet sales as a percentage of sales.
The Historical Data section tracks
annual sales by game in local curency from 2001 through 2014. There is also a
special historical guide to annual Internet sales by lottery organization (2005
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Piper Ukraine Become Sponsor of 'Game ON' Conference
KYIV, Ukraine. (September 25, 2015)
-- DLA Piper Ukraine a global law firm, has become a silver sponsor and one of
the speakers of Game ON Conference, which will be held on 13-14 October in
Kyiv. The firm will rely on currently existing legislative initiatives aiming
to provide for regulation of gambling in Ukraine with primary focus on online
DLA Piper's Gambling team provides a
'one-stop-shop' for legal services to operators, suppliers and investors
delivering first class multi-jurisdictional advice on gambling law and
regulation. The firm's expertise includes licensing, regulatory, commercial
advice attuned to the sector, all IP matters, advertising and branding,
technology, telecommunications, data protection, consumer law, corporate, real
estate and tax. The practice group has been ranked No 1 in the areas of sports,
gaming and gambling by international legal directories Legal 500 and Chamber
Global, 2015 edition.
The law firm has launched and
constantly contributing in its 'THE ALL-IN' gaming blog which is a valuable
resource for legal and regulatory updates for gambling sector
(http://blogs.dlapiper.com/all-in/). Twenty regular contributors to the online
resource, representing senior gaming law specialists from DLA Piper offices,
provide timely topical analysis from across the globe.
Natalia Pakhomovska, Partner, Head
of Intellectual Property & Technology in Ukraine, said: "Today almost
all countries have at least one form of authorized gambling and Ukraine is on
its route to introduce its own regulation. At a time where government is
increasingly looking to gambling duties to fill the gaps in the state budget,
operators and suppliers need to be alive to the challenges if they are to make
the most of the resulting opportunities. Thanks to the cross-border expertise
we can guide the clients around the pitfalls of working in new environments and
help run and support successful international businesses with global
Glyn Thomas, co-owner of ACE
Publishing Ltd., organizer of Game ON, comments: "DLA Piper have extensive
experience in the operating and regulatory requirements of both physical and
virtual gambling businesses, as well as close understanding of best practices
for the industry. This expertise, which combines true global reach with local
understanding of even most complex issues, will provide an invaluable
contribution to the development of new world-class legislation in
Game ON is an industry-wide
programme of events and initiatives, backed by the Ukrainian government, which
will open with a two-day Conference bringing together top officials and
international gambling industry. Presentations and discussions will focus on
how Ukraine can have a rejuvenated gaming industry that is transparent and fair
to all involved, while providing a sizeable contribution towards the country's
DLA Piper is one of the world's
largest legal services organisations, with the ability to provide seamless,
high quality and cost-effective legal services to any entity involved in the
gambling sector. DLA Piper is an international practice with a service
delivered by local lawyers. This allows the firm to leverage different
perspectives and experiences to tackle complex legal problems in a way that
will give the clients a strategic advantage. Constant collaboration amongst the
firm's dedicated team of international gambling lawyers sharpens the collective
industry knowledge, creates cross-border cohesiveness and results in efficient
delivery of legal services.
DLA Piper can provide a single team,
co-ordinated centrally (but with global reach) providing the most efficient
provision of resource and a dedicated point of contact for ease of
communication. The firm has 4,200 lawyers in 76 offices in 30 countries
worldwide. We are a truly pan European firm with more than 24 offices across
Continental Europe, also with a significant presence in the U.S., Middle East,
Asia Pacific and Africa.
Registration of delegates for Game
ON Conference is open on the official web site of the Conference at
About ACE Publishing Ltd.
ACE Publishing Ltd. is the publisher
of Casino Life and Bingo Life magazines and organiser of specialist B2B
conferences and events worldwide. Working from offices in the UK and Kyiv,
Ukraine, the company has unrivalled access to on-the-spot information from
operators, regulators and manufacturers affecting gaming trends around the
world. For more information, please visit: http://www.ukrainegaming.com/
For further inquiries, please
contact: Whites Communication Elena Luzhanovskaya +38 044 536 1508
About DLA Piper
DLA Piper is a global law firm with
lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia
Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with
their legal needs anywhere in the world. For further information about our
organisation and services, please visit our website: www.dlapiper.com
For further inquiries, please
contact: For legal services inquiries: Natalia Pakhomovska, Partner, Head of
Intellectual Property & Technology in Ukraine, DLA Piper Ukraine, LLC.
Tel.: +380 (44) 495 17 89 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For media related inquiries: Oksana
Buchatska, Marketing and Business Development Manager, DLA Piper Ukraine, LLC.
Tel.: +380 (44) 490 9575 or e-mail: email@example.com
SOURCE: DLA Piper.
Vermantia Sign Two Live Sports Betting Channels with SNAI for
Italian Retail Network
ATHENS, Greece (September 26, 2015)
-- Vermantia, provider of premium content for lotteries, gaming & betting
operators worldwide, today announces its agreement with the leading Italian
sports betting operator SNAI.
Vermantia will provide two live
sports betting channels which will allow SNAI to offer live sports videos
combined with supporting data and statistics to its customers. The video
content will be provided in collaboration with Perform Group, market leader in
the commercialization of multimedia sports content & rights, providing a
fully customized Watch & Bet Retail solution and delivered to SNAI's
betting shops via satellite.
The channels have been designed
according to the specific needs of SNAI shops in terms of live sports video
content, data and statistics, design and branding. Customers will gain access
to more than 6,000 sports events per year with SNAI's live markets and odds.
The rollout of the channels will start with a daily schedule of live sports
video content such as football, tennis, basketball and volleyball.
Commenting on the agreement, SNAI
President and CEO Gabriele Del Torchio said: "The agreement between Snai and
Vermantia enables us to significantly improve our offer on live betting,
offering our clients a unique and innovative product. We are confident that
"Watch & Bet" will be appreciated by all customers of the Punto Snai
betting shops; the two live channels represent a new reference point in the
Commenting on the agreement,
Vermantia CEO, Filippos Antonopoulos said: "We are very pleased that SNAI
selected Vermantia to further extend its gaming portfolio. With this agreement,
we aim to establish a long standing collaboration with SNAI by continuously
offering new products and premium services to its existing and future customer
Health Lottery Launch Affiliate Program in Partnership with Income
LONDON, U.K. (September 30, 2015) --
The Health Lottery,
a London, U.K.-based lottery brand operated by Northern and Shell and
comprising 51 local society lotteries representing local authority areas across
the country, has re-launched its affiliate programme in partnership with Income
Access, a technology and digital marketing services provider for the global
iGaming industry. The Health Lotterys new affiliate programme has
integrated with Income Access award-winning affiliate management platform
and will be managed by the companys in-house team.
Launched in 2011 and regulated by
the UK Gambling Commission, The Health Lottery, which is today the UKs
most popular lottery after the National Lottery, provides lottery games to
players online or at 32,000 national retail outlets. Offering British players
the most affordable lottery option in the country, the brand features a 50
pence ticket that provides the chance to win £25,000 every Tuesday and
Friday as well as a £1 ticket allowing players to win up to
£100,000 every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Generating over £68 million
since launch for U.K. charities such as Mencap, Dementia UK, and the
Alzheimers Society among others, The Health Lottery recently rebranded
itself. In addition to new celebrity brand ambassador Anthea Turner, the
rebranding has involved the re-launch of The Health Lotterys affiliate
programme, which will now be powered by Income Access affiliate
management platform, the recipient of eGRs B2B Affiliate
Software Award for the last three consecutive years.
To celebrate the re-launch of The
Health Lotterys affiliate programme, the brand is offering new affiliates
a promotion when they register with the programme. During their first three
months, they will receive a cash bonus for every new depositing player, as well
as an ongoing 20% revenue share of the net gaming revenues (NGR) from these
Following the end of the promotion,
affiliates commissions revert to a standard revenue share commission
structure. They will receive 20% of the NGR on all new-depositing players they
refer each month.
The Health Lottery values
its affiliates highly and weve therefore decided to re-launch our
affiliate programme in partnership with Income Access, whose easy-to-use,
top-of-the-line software will allow affiliates to maximize their earning
potential promoting our brand, said Stan Myerson, Joint Managing
Director at Northern and Shell. Income Access long-standing
reputation in the gaming industry and in affiliate management will help support
The Health Lotterys entry into new markets.
The affiliate programme for The
Health Lottery will be managed by Income Access team of affiliate
managers, who have multiple years experience managing brands in the
European lottery vertical.
Were excited to
support The Health Lotterys acquisition via the affiliate channel with a
programme managed by our internal team using our platform, said Nicky
Senyard, founder and CEO of Income Access. Given the brands
prestige and importance in the UK market, its new-look affiliate programme
provides an important revenue opportunity for not just lottery affiliates but
those working in other verticals as well.
For more information on The Health
Lottery affiliate programme, please contact Income Access.
SOURCE: Income Access.