International Game Technology PLC Announce Award to its
Subsidiary for Seven-Year Contract from the Wisconsin
LONDON, U.K. (July 16, 2015) --
International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) announced that its
subsidiary GTECH Corporation (the "Company") has been notified of the intent to
be awarded a seven-year contract by the Wisconsin Lottery to provide bundled
lottery solutions and services. This includes a new draw-based and
instant-ticket lottery system, full-service lottery terminals, self-service and
multimedia products, instant-ticket printing, warehousing, distribution, and
telemarketing, as well as a communications network. The intent to award follows
a competitive procurement with the Company receiving the best overall
"The Wisconsin Lottery has
achieved five consecutive years of increased sales and has made tremendous
contributions to property tax relief in Wisconsin," said Michael
Chambrello, CEO, North America Lottery, for IGT. "We believe that this
contract demonstrates our commitment to the Wisconsin Lottery and the citizens
Following contract execution and a
15-month conversion period, the Company will provide the Lottery with the
latest version of its Enterprise Series (ES) solution, offering a robust,
secure, and flexible system built to power the Lottery's business today and
grow along with their evolving needs. Additionally, the Company will replace
the existing terminal base with its Altura® GT1200, which offers a
modernized, highly reliable, and easy-to-use sales platform.
Moreover, the contract also includes
the Gemini® Ultra Instant Ticket Vending Machine and ES MultiMedia displays
that will transmit and manage Lottery information, advertisements, and
promotions directly to players at the point-of-sale. Ticket-Scan® Plus, the
Company's self-service ticket checker, will allow players to check the win
status of their own draw-based and instant tickets.
The Company is increasing its scope
of responsibility under a combined - or bundled - scope of services, and will
provide instant-ticket printing, warehousing, distribution, and telemarketing
services. In addition, ongoing services to the Wisconsin Lottery will include
installation and maintenance of the central system, terminals, and
communications network; retailer training; field services; and hotline
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 more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit:
|Robert K. Vincent,
(+39) 06 51899030
California Lottery's Playbook® Featuring an Interactive
Game Reaches Record-Breaking Sales
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (July 22, 2015)
-- Pollard Banknote Limited
(TSX: PBL) ("Pollard Banknote") is pleased to congratulate the
California State Lottery
("California Lottery") on the launch of its first ever PlayBook® instant
ticket, Deluxe 7's Playbook. This also marks the first time that a
PlayBook® product has been launched with an interactive WebPlay
component-Deluxe 7's Digital-designed and implemented by Pollard Banknote. The
$20 Deluxe 7's Playbook has been the star of the Lottery's portfolio since its
launch on June 22, 2015, helping to push the $20 price point to record-breaking
levels. To date, Deluxe 7's Playbook has had cumulative sales that are 20%
ahead of the Lottery's last two games launched at the $20 price point-adding
$43.7 million (USD) to California's instant ticket sales!
Integral to the excitement is the
interactive Deluxe 7's Digital WebPlay game. Offering players the chance
to play for fun or collect Bonus Draw entries, the mobile and web-friendly game
adds value to the PlayBook®, a booklet of tickets packed with six dazzling
gem-themed games. Pollard Banknote's exclusive PlayBook® brings multiple
instant games together in a unique format, allowing players to enjoy a wide
variety of play experiences and a number of different games in a new, exciting
way. By the end of this year, 65 PlayBook® games will have been launched in
20 jurisdictions around the world, with estimated retail sales of more than
"Our most recent collaboration
with Pollard Banknote has allowed us to give our players a new and exciting
instant ticket experience," said Paula LaBrie, Acting Director, California
Lottery. "The PlayBook® innovation has broad appeal and offers a variety
of games. We've taken it one step further to give our players the option of
extending the play experience to a digital platform, encouraging interaction
with the Lottery's brand online."
"We are thrilled to have the
opportunity to enhance the California Lottery's instant ticket portfolio with
the addition of our patented PlayBook®-a concept that has proven time and
again to drive instant ticket sales," said Jennifer Westbury, Executive Vice
President, Sales & Customer Development, Pollard Banknote. "California is
the first jurisdiction in the world to combine a PlayBook® ticket with an
associated WebPlay game, and in just a few weeks, the web and
mobile-friendly game has been played close to 300,000 times! This proves that
California's players are enjoying the Deluxe 7's Playbook across all
The mission of the California
Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California public education on
all levels, from kindergarten through to the University of California plus
several specialized schools. Since its inception in 1985, the Lottery has
provided approximately $28 billion to students attending California's public
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 50 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management
services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of
web, mobile and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has
decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales,
and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the
charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907,
Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5%
by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL).
For more information, please visit
our website at: www.pollardbanknote.com.
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.
Laboratories International (GLI®) Issue White Paper on Fantasy Sports &
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (July 17, 2015) -
According to statistics available through the Fantasy Sports Trade Association
(FSTA) website, the estimated number of fantasy sports players has grown from
12.6 million to 56.8 million in the last 10 years.
Because of the growing popularity of
fantasy sports and increasing consumer demand for greater transparency in how
the games operate, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®), the global
leader in online systems and iGaming testing, has issued a White Paper on
Fantasy Sports, highlighting the benefits of having fantasy sports sites
properly tested and certified by GLI. Independent testing of fantasy sports
sites provides consumers with greater confidence in the service and allows
operators to establish credibility and maintain player loyalty.
FSTA research also states that 48
percent of players (the highest response of eight categories), chose the
website to play because they trusted the site.
"The exponential growth in
fantasy sports players, combined with the fact that players choose their sites
to play primarily because they trust the site, clearly speaks to the need for
these sites to be properly tested," said GLI President/CEO James Maida.
"GLI's fantasy sports white paper
provides information regarding current regulatory environments, GLI's testing
services, testing results, and the easy steps operators can follow to submit
their website for GLI's experts to analyze. Earning and keeping players' trust
is of utmost importance and GLI is, here to provide a means for fantasy sports
operators to demonstrate the integrity, value, security and fairness of their
product." added GLI Vice President, iGaming & Canadian Services Salim
GLI's White Paper on Fantasy Sports
is available for free download now at gaminglabs.com, where users will also
find more information about GLI, additional news and white papers, the GLI
Standards Series as well as a menu of testing and certification
GLI certifications do not contain
legal opinions or issue any statements regarding the legality of fantasy
sports. Certifications either provide valuable information to consumers to
create transparency for a fantasy sports service or certify that games meet
technical standards established by regulators.
GLI has been successfully testing
iGaming systems for more than 20 years. Today, 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
For more information, visit:
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Worldwide Marketing +1 (702) 914-2220, Email:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Jersey Lottery Announce Record Sales for Fiscal Year 2015
TRENTON, New Jersey (July 16, 2015)
The New Jersey
Lottery announced generated record sales of more than $3 billion* for
Fiscal Year 2015, marking the seventh straight year of record-breaking sales
for the Lottery.
Sales topped last years
results of $2.90 billion.
Carole Hedinger, New
Jersey Lottery Executive Director, said the increased sales are attributable to
the innovations that have occurred across all departments of the Lottery.
They include product
innovation, expansion of our public engagement, an increased retailer base,
refreshed advertising, and internal and external technological
efficiencies, she said.
I am extremely pleased with
the management teams that have achieved these results. A solid groundwork has
been laid for continued growth and innovation into the future.
The New Jersey Lottery is the
States fourth largest revenue producer, with 31 percent of sales going to
Lottery revenues for the year have
shown strong growth through May, and the State expects final collection totals
for FY 2015 to echo that trend.
Since its inception in 1970, the
Lottery has contributed more than $23 billion to programs that benefit millions
of New Jersey residents.
Some of the programs and
institutions include: the School Nutrition Program, Student Tuition Assistance
Reward Scholarships (NJSTARS), higher educational services funding such as aid
to county colleges, the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf, Homes for
Disabled Soldiers and many others.
SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.
Lottery Corporation Contribute $1.25 billion to British
RICHMOND, B.C. Canada (July 16,
2015) -- BCLC posted a record
net income of $1.25 billion to government in 2014/15, which helps support
communities, health care and education. This is the ninth straight year BCLC
has been able to deliver more than $1 billion to the province of B.C.
The growth in net income is
primarily due to higher than budgeted revenue in the high-limit tables
category, and lower than budgeted costs due to ongoing cost management, lower
staff costs resulting from a higher vacancy rate than budgeted, and a one-time
In 2014/15, BCLC demonstrated its
focus on innovation in distribution and in product development, modernizing the
business by replacing legacy technology and systems, encouraging responsible
gambling, and creating entertaining experiences for players.
Highlights of the 2014/15
- Costco locations across B.C. began selling scratch
and win tickets for the first time anywhere in North America.
- B.Cs first live venue sports betting pilot
was launched at Starlight Casino, with the opening of the PlayNow.com
- Extended Encore Rewards to table game players was
also launched, allowing members to earn Encore Dollars redeemable for food and
beverage at casino restaurants.
- The gaming management system (GMS) was fully
completed and has been installed in all 36 gaming facilities across the
- New Horizons Conference in Vancouver - BCLC hosted
its third annual highly successful Responsible Gambling conference where
industry representatives and international experts discussed ideas on
- Investment in gambling research - BCLC invested $2
million over five years to the Centre for Gambling Research at UBC.
- BCLCs facility distribution strategy is
nearing completion with 90 percent of B.C. adults living within a 30-minute
drive from a casino or community gaming facility.
While gambling continues to be a
popular form of entertainment in B.C., people have many choices for how to
spend their entertainment dollars. BCLC aims to stay relevant and create
entertaining experiences for players, in a safe and responsible manner.
Download a full copy of the Annual
Service Plan Report HERE.
Lotto Respond to News of Scratch Card Sales
NETHERLANDS (July 19, 2015) -- The
Lotto has, as sole license holder in the Netherlands been given the opportunity
to sell scratch cards, the government has granted this license to
De Lotto on the condition
that those games are organized responsibly.
That is, gambling, fraud and crime
should be prevented and that consumers should be protected against this. The
integrity of De Lotto is of paramount importance.
The Lotto will ensure that the
products of The Lotto will not be sold to players under 18. To make this
enforced, all areas of sale of Lotto in all its manifestations display a
consumer recognizable logo 18+.
In addition, retailers are informed
and resources, tips and ideas provided in order to sell products in a
We advise retailers to deal with
consideration with players who want to buy many Scratchcards at once. We
monitor sales at stores daily and we use a transaction limit for Scratch 50
euros. This is to prevent risks such as gambling or, if that is played with
cash, money derived from criminal activity (money laundering).
The Lotto will be notified by
observation by authorities. In addition, we train the sales and customer
service on the (impending) addiction) can be recognized and what can be done in
that case. When in doubt, we recommend directing players to the website
www.weetwatjespeelt.nl. On this site you can find more information about
responsible participation in games of chance. You can also do a "knowledge
test" to see how well you know and ask if help or advice HANDS.
HANDS is an organization offering
help and advice to any problem players.
We know our players that they are
often purchased Krasloten home only open scratch and not directly in the store
wanted to know whether they have a price. So there is a relatively long time
between commitment (buy a Scratch card) and price benefit. This can reduce the
risk of gambling addiction. In addition, there have been several studies in the
past that show that a Scratch Ticket addiction in the Netherlands is a rare
The Lotto was founded by and for the
sport and charity organizations and sells Lotto, Toto, Lucky Day, Euro Jackpot
Scratch. The proceeds of the lottery games of chance including Scratchcards are
paid to NOC * NSF and charitable organizations.
For questions please contact our
spokesperson: Rieneke van de Laar, Phone: 06 205 780 53.
SOURCE: De Lotto.
Gaming Show 2015 Unveil Ambitious Subsidy Scheme to Draw
MACAO, SAR (July 17, 2015) -- The
Macao Gaming Show (MGS) has unveiled the most ambitious and wide-ranging
package of travel subsidies and grants for visitors attending this year's
exhibition at the Venetian Macao, November 17-19 2015.
Easy to apply for the
The subsidy can also be claimed by
qualified visitors before the show through presentation of boarding passes and
other documents to the MGS offices.
The full range of support
initiatives are detailed on the MGA website, and a dedicated 'Helpdesk' has
been established at the Macao Gaming Show offices to assist visitors with the
programme. The advice includes how to complete the subsidy forms, what
information to keep and forward, how to apply and an explanation of the
Marina Wong, Event Director and
General Manager at MGS, said: "This year's subsidy scheme for Qualified
Buyers has been designed to help buyers from all over the world come to Macau
and explore all the business opportunities available both in Macau and
throughout Asia. The show is expanding into exciting new areas with gaming
sitting at the heart of a tourism, culture and entertainment exhibition that is
simply a one-stop show for Asia.
"We want to make sure that every
visit is not just financially sound, but also logistically easier, which is why
we're opening a helpdesk style of support and information from our offices.
With grants immediately available as visitors arrive, and advice on hand
throughout the process, we think the Qualified Buyers Scheme is a major asset
to the show."
Last year, Macao Gaming Show drew a
record number of international visitors to the expo - 12,000 drawn from 20
countries - and this year, MGS is looking to build on this growth with a more
far-reaching subsidy programme for qualified buyers coming to the industry's
premier exhibition and conference, regardless of the size of their organisation
or geographical base.
Fatima Maria Nunes, Secretary of
trade association MGEMA, which owns the Macao Gaming Show, added: "We are
working closely with the biggest names in Asian gaming, the major hotel and
casino operators, the support and service industries from the region and the
Macau SAR Government - all of us determined to bring a broader perspective to
the show and the region. These are exciting times for the whole industry, and
our challenge is to bring gaming innovation, cultural exchange and business
growth all together into one show: MGS. The visitor subsidies are a crucial
part of that campaign."
Media Enquiries CONTACT: Phyllis
Zhang, Public Relations Officer, Macao Gaming Show, Tel: +853 2878 7250, Email:
Lottery Insider is a media partner to the Macao Gaming Show 2015.
SOURCE: Macao Gaming Show 2015.
Lottery Issue Statement Following Verdict in Hot Lotto®
CLIVE, Iowa (July 20, 2015) --
Iowa Lottery CEO
Terry Rich released the
following statement Monday following announcement of the jury's verdict in the
Polk County District Court trial involving the Hot Lotto case:
"There is no doubt this has been
a fascinating case. We respect the court's work and the jury's verdict. The
facts in this case have enabled us to further enhance our layers of security to
protect the integrity of lottery games, and that ultimately has been a
This case is an important
reminder that lotteries have to keep monitoring and making improvements to stay
ahead of those who would try to beat the system. As a society, we may never be
able to stop people from trying to commit crime, but we need to have strong
procedures in place to catch and prevent them when they do.
I have confidence that the games
we offer today are fair. Our lottery has strong layers of security 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 were.
There was no prize paid in this
instance. The money from this jackpot, which totaled nearly $10.8 million in
cash, was returned to the lotteries in the Hot Lotto game in proportion to the
sales from each jurisdiction. The Iowa Lottery received about $1.4 million back
and gave the money away in a special summer promotion called 'Mystery
Millionaire' back in 2012. Fifteen players ended up winning prizes in that
The details in this case are
important for anyone who has ever played a lottery game, the good causes
benefitted by lotteries, and the billions of dollars at stake. There obviously
were indications that something was amiss with this particular prize claim.
This case has provided our lottery with an opportunity to better pinpoint
potential security risks and update our procedures to protect against
Additional History and
In December 2010, a man bought a Hot
Lotto ticket at a convenience store on Des Moines' north side. That ticket went
on to win the multi-million-dollar jackpot on the line in the Hot Lotto drawing
on Dec. 29 of that year. For nearly a year, the prize went unclaimed.
Then, with less than two hours to go
before the prize would have expired on Dec. 29, 2011, the winning ticket was
presented by lawyers on behalf of a New York investment trust that had been
established to benefit a corporation in the country of Belize.
Neither the two lawyers who
presented the ticket nor anyone associated with Hexham Investments Trust of
Bedford, N.Y., would provide the basic details necessary to verify that the
ticket had been legally purchased, legally possessed and legally presented.
Those involved said they could not identify the jackpot winner or the man who
purchased the winning ticket.
That standard information is
routinely requested from jackpot winners in Iowa as part of the lottery's
security processes to comply with both state law and lottery game rules. Such
details are usually received within minutes of the time a winning ticket is
On Jan. 26, 2012, Crawford Shaw, a
New York attorney who identified himself as the trustee of Hexham Investments
Trust, withdrew the claim to the jackpot. The Iowa Lottery requested that the
Iowa Attorney General's Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
open a criminal investigation into the matter.
What Is Hot
Hot Lotto got its start in April
2002 and has jackpots that start at $1 million. Today, the game is offered in
Iowa, 13 other states and the District of Columbia. In May 2013 the game's
jackpot became an all-cash prize paid in a lump-sum amount with all state and
federal withholding taxes paid for the winner. Players in Hot Lotto choose five
balls from a pool of 47 and another number, called the Hot Ball®, from a
separate pool of 19. Plays cost $1, and Hot Lotto drawings are held on
Wednesdays and Saturdays.
SOURCE: Iowa Lottery.
Optimise Lotterie.de for Use on Mobile Devices
DORTMUND, Germany (July 17, 2016) --
adesso AG has optimised the
lottery portal Lotterie.de for use on mobile devices. With this new platform,
the commercial gaming broker Lotterie.de in Hallstadt near Bamberg has opened
up a new market segment for itself to offer its customers gaming no matter
where they are.
During adesso's development of the
mobile version of Lotterie.de, the focus was on creating a modern, fresh design
and offering users optimal functionality. Displaying lottery tickets on the
smaller screens of mobile terminal devices posed a particular challenge, which
the IT service provider tackled successfully.
Users who access
www.lotterie.de on mobile
terminal devices are automatically redirected via an integrated browser to the
mobile version of the service portal. There, they have access to Lotterie.de's
complete range of games - from Lotto 6 aus 49, with its additional games Spiel
77 and Super 6, through to Eurojackpot and Glücksspirale.
In October 2013, Lotterie.de became
the first commercial gaming broker in Germany to go live with a service portal
in all 16 states at the same time. That portal was also provided by adesso and
based on the direct customer platform in|FOCUS 360, as well as the content
management system FirstSpirit.
"When developing this modern and
user-friendly mobile gaming channel, adesso was, as usual, a reliable and
expert partner," says Petra Billhardt, press spokesperson for Lotterie.de.
"The results-oriented approach and multi-faceted expertise of adesso's
specialists allowed us to make our innovative mobile lottery portal a reality
in the shortest possible time."
Lotterie.de is the gaming portal for
the lotteries Lotto 6 aus 49, Eurojackpot, Klassenlotterie SKL and NKL, as well
as Glücksspirale. These lotteries and the additional games Spiel 77 and
Super 6 are available to users for simple and serious online play or ordering
at Lotterie.de. The portal also provides up-to-date information regarding how
many millions are in the jackpots, the latest winning numbers, the prizes of
the latest drawings and daily news about winners. The portal's operator is the
commercial gaming broker Lotterie.de, based in Hallstadt near Bamberg. The
provider is a partner of all 16 state lottery companies for the online
brokerage of lottery tickets. Behind Lotterie.de GmbH & Co. KG is a team of
lottery specialists with decades of experience. More information can be found
adesso AG (www.adesso.de)
adesso is one of the leading IT
service providers in the German-speaking area and focuses its consulting and
software development activities on the core business processes of companies and
public authorities. adesso's strategy is based on three pillars: the deep
industry-specific know-how of its staff, the comprehensive expertise in
technology and the application of reliable methods in software implementation
projects. Following this approach, adesso develops superior IT solutions, which
enhance the competitive position of a company.
adesso was founded in Dortmund in
1997 and employs more than 1,400 members of staff in thirteen offices. The
share is listed on the regulated market. Some of the most important customers
are Allianz, Hannover Rück, Union Investment, Westdeutsche Lotterie,
Swisslos, Zurich Versicherung, DEVK, DAK and Beschaffungsamt des
Bundesministeriums des Innern.
For additional information, please
visit: www.adesso.de or Blog:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/adessoAG, Facebook:
CONTACT: Daniela Steins, adesso AG,
Tel.: +49-231-7000-2508, Fax: +49-231-7000-1000, Email:
SOURCE: adesso AG.
Lottery Posts 11th Consecutive Record Year
Sales Increased by 4.1
Percent, Total Funding For Education Now Exceeds $3.4 Billion
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (July 20, 2015)
-- Posting record sales for the 11th consecutive year, the
Tennessee Education Lottery
Corporation today announced its sales and proceeds figures for Fiscal Year
2015. The Lottery reported $1.475 Billion in total sales for the period from
July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, an increase of $58.7 Million, or 4.1
percent, over last years previous sales record of $1.417 Billion. This
years sales resulted in a contribution of $347.7 Million for all
education programs funded by the Lottery, also a record.
Once again, robust growth in instant
ticket sales fueled the record year. Forty-six new instant ticket games were
introduced during the year. Sales of these popular games reached an all-time
high of $1.2 Billion during FY 2015, amounting to 83 percent of all Lottery
We work hard developing
fresh and innovative games that respond to the market demand and offer value
and entertainment for our players, said
President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. In
so doing, we stay focused on the Corporations mission to serve Tennessee
students and their families by responsibly raising proceeds for the designated
education programs funded by the Lottery. With first-rate support for our
retailer channel and the use of best practices throughout the organization, I
am proud to report that this approach has delivered record sales for the
eleventh consecutive fiscal year.
Total Lottery funding for
education-related programs in Tennesseeincluding funds used for
scholarships, grants, and after-school programsnow exceeds $3.4 Billion
since ticket sales began in January 2004.
Since January 20, 2004, more than
900,000 scholarships, grants and dual-enrollment awards have been awarded to
Tennessee students, including more than 100,000 during the past academic year
alone. Lottery funds are also used to support other education-related
activities, such as after-school programs, an ongoing project to make schools
more energy efficient, and the new Tennessee Promise initiative. In addition to
the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $8.4 Billion in
prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned more than $872 Million in
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SOURCE: Tennessee Lottery.
EL/WLA Security Seminar "Secure, Monitor, React... or pay the
Seminar in cooperation
with the European Lottery Association, 27 29 October 2015, Stockholm,
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (July 21, 2015) --
"Cybercrime is a growing threat for businesses but many businesses are
under-prepared for it. A third of them (companies in the Annual Kroll Global
Fraud Report 2013/14) say they don't currently invest in IT security and while
companies that are planning to increase investment are focusing on technology,
they are neglecting elements such as staff screening and due diligence on
partners, clients and vendors. These processes are key to mitigating the
insider threat, which often can't be detected by anti-fraud technology or
The perennial problem with Security
is that the measures taken to prevent any breach of security or fraud are
frequently regarded as excessive or overly expensive until they are
From physical security to
cybersecurity, the 2015 joint EL/WLA Security Seminar to be held in Stockholm
in October 2015 will address potential weaknesses in lottery systems,
procedures and processes ranging across the design and security of scratch
cards, the testing of complex systems, the resilience of increasingly complex
communications systems, electronic "lottery tickets" and the security or lack
of security of non-physical (e.g. RNG) draws.
As systems become more
"intelligent", the ingenuity of those wishing to subvert those systems will
also grow posing much more sophisticated threats to lottery systems.
Management must accept their responsibility to understand the risks and either
allocate proportionate resources and budgets ... or pay the price.
Come to Stockholm in October to hear
presentations from external security professionals, experts from the lottery
supplier companies and, most importantly, from your lottery colleagues -
security professionals with years of practical and relevant experience.
- Security directors and senior managers
- Risk managers
- Audit managers
- Managers responsible for IT operations and
The seminar will start on Tuesday,
27 October 2015 with a welcome dinner at 20:00 and end on Thursday, 29 October
Meeting venue and accommodation:
Scandic Hotel, Grand Central Kungsgatan 70 SE - 111 22 Stockholm, web:
Transfers will not be organized.
The seminar and sessions will be
conducted in English only.
Further Information: Please forward
to the WLA Website for costing and registration information HERE
Svenska Spel See Earnings Growth in the second Quarter but
Market Share Continued to Decline
VISBY, Sweden (July 21, 2015) --
During the second quarter of 2015 Svenska Spel's profit after financial items
and tax amounted to 1135 million, an increase of 2.7 percent compared with the
same period in 2014.
"The result for the quarter
increased slightly, but we still feel a strong concern the market uncontrolled
development. We call for swift and concrete measures from both politicians and
authorities to ensure that the Swedish gaming market is healthy and safe,
"says Svenska Spel CEO Lennart Käll.
Quarter April - June 2015
- A new agreement with the Swedish Ice Hockey
Association (SIF) have been signed. The agreement runs for six years at a value
of just over SEK 121 million
- Customer Satisfaction Index, CSI, was 70, up from
69 the previous quarter.
- Image value, indicating the proportion of Swedes
who are explicitly favorable to the Swedish game, was 61%, and is close to
unchanged compared with the previous quarter.
- Responsible Gaming Image amounted to 54%, which is
up from 51% the previous quarter.
- Net gaming revenue for the Group amounted to SEK 2
164 M (2 163), on par with the previous year.
- Operating income for the Group amounted to SEK
1,137 M (1,085), an increase of 4.7%.
- The result for the Group amounted to SEK 1 135 M (1
105), an increase of 2.7%.
- Operating margin was 22.5% (20.8).
The interim period January - June
- Net gaming revenue for the Group amounted to SEK
4,349 M (4,457), a decrease of 2.4%.
- Operating income for the Group amounted to SEK
2,328 M (2,329), in line with last year.
- Net income for the Group amounted to SEK 2,337 M
(2,363), a decrease of 1.1%.
- Operating margin was 22.6% (21.6).
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SOURCE: Svenska Spel.
Lottery Achieve 13th Consecutive Year of Sales Above the
Billion Dollar Mark
FY 2015 sales led to a
transfer of $508.8 million to the State, which was $48.9 million above
CHARLESTON, West Virginia (July 21,
2015) -- West Virginia
Lottery Director John
Musgrave announced today that Fiscal Year 2015 sales finished above $1.0
billion for the 13th consecutive year. The Lottery posted $1.16 billion in
total sales for the fiscal year that just ended on June 30, 2015. This
years sales resulted in a transfer of more than $508.8 million to the
State of West Virginia, which was $48.9 million above projections.
We are very fortunate to
have yet another year of sales above the billion dollar mark, said
"Despite the ongoing challenges
from increased competition on our borders, a declining revenue forecast, and a
shortage of high jackpots fueling sales of the Powerball® and Mega
Millions® games at retail this past year, we have been able to meet our
financial obligations to the State for more than 29 years. The hard work it
takes to maintain our financial position is something to be proud
Musgrave said that the money
transferred to the State in FY 2015 included $254.6 million from Racetrack
Video Lottery, $187.4 million from Limited Video Lottery, $23.0 million from
Racetrack Table Games, $2.3 Million from the Historic Resort, and $41.5 million
from the sale of Traditional Lottery products, which include Instant
Scratch-off tickets, TRAVEL Keno and the popular Powerball® jackpot
Since the Lotterys inception
in 1986, the Lottery has generated more than $8.5 Billion in proceeds for
legislative appropriation. These dollars fund programs to support seniors,
education including the PROMISE Scholarship program, tourism and the general
During the Lotterys 29-year
history, $1.0 billion has been transferred to the State to support seniors,
$2.9 billion for education and more than $920.6 million for tourism.
SOURCE: West Virginia Lottery.
Lottery Corporation's Internet Gambling Site First to Achieve
RG Check - Internet Accreditation
TORONTO, July 22, 2015 /CNW/ - The
Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is pleased to announce that Playnow.com,
BCLC's internet gambling site, is the first site to be accredited by its RG
Check - Internet program.
RG Check - Internet is an
international accreditation program that launched in 2014. The program enables
gambling websites to have their responsible gambling (RG) safeguards assessed
against independent, evidence-based standards.
"By becoming RG Check accredited,
PlayNow.com has shown that it meets a rigorous set of responsible gambling
standards," says RGC CEO Jon Kelly, "and we commend BCLC for its
commitment to this independent assessment of their player safety net."
RG Check staff assessed PlayNow.com
over several months against the following seven standards:
- Responsible Gambling Policies
- Employee Training
- Assisting Players who May Have a Problem with
- nformed Decision Making
- Advertising and Promotion
- Game and Site Features
These standards, and 51 criteria,
form the basis of RG Check staff's evaluation of written documents, interviews
and surveys of both players and staff. An independent panel then makes the
final accreditation decision based on a report by RG Check staff.
"We are thrilled that our efforts
and commitment to responsible gambling have not only been recognized at our
gaming facilities, but now include PlayNow.com," said BCLC's Social
Responsibility and Communications Vice President, Susan Dolinski.
"This certification verifies that
the quality and effectiveness of responsible gambling initiatives extend beyond
the land-based facilities and into our online presence. Raising awareness of
responsible gambling and resources for problem gambling is important to us, and
should be readily available to players wherever they choose to play."
The scope of this assessment
includes all PlayNow.com online offerings, with the exception of poker games.
BCLC's PlayNow.com joins the 36 land-based venues in B.C. accredited under the
RG Check - Venue program.
The RG Check accreditation program
is voluntary and confidential and lasts for three years. Standards, criteria
and other information about the program are available at www.rgcheck.com.
About RG Check and the
Responsible Gambling Council
RG Check is an accreditation program
developed by RGC based on its Responsible Gambling Standards for gaming venues
and for internet gambling sites.
The program offers gaming companies
the opportunity of an independent assessment of the quality of their
responsible gambling safety net. The program promotes a high standard of
customer protection by supporting the adoption of meaningful responsible
gambling initiatives by gambling providers.
Established in 1983, RGC is an
independent non-profit organization dedicated to problem gambling prevention.
RGC works to reduce gambling risks by creating and delivering innovative
awareness and information programs. It also promotes the adoption of improved
play safeguards through best practices research and standards development.
About BCLC and
BCLC is the sole owner and
operator of PlayNow.com. Established in 1985, BCLC is the Crown corporation
responsible for the conduct and management of all gambling in B.C., as well as
the delivery of venue and internet-based responsible gambling programs.
Gambling managed by BCLC includes lottery games, casinos, community gaming
centres, commercial bingo halls and online and mobile gaming.
PlayNow.com was established in 2004
with an initial offering of lottery products. In 2010, PlayNow.com expanded to
include casino games and in 2011 peer-to-peer poker was launched in partnership
SOURCE: Responsible Gambling
Authoritative Industry Publication Recognizes Michigan Lottery
for its Responsible Gaming Efforts
LANSING, Michigan (July 23, 2015) --
La Fleur's magazine has
recognized the Michigan
Lottery with the publication's inaugural Sustainability Award for its
leadership in responsible gaming. The award was announced recently at the La
Fleur's 2015 Global Lottery Forum. In all, eight lotteries from around the
world received Sustainability awards in the areas of responsible gaming,
corporate social responsibility, and the environment.
"The Michigan Lottery
incorporated advanced responsible gaming tools into its online sales program.
For example, the lottery's responsible wagering program sets reasonable limits
on the amount its players can deposit in a given week," said Terri Markle,
publisher of La Fleur's Magazine.
"It is the first U.S. lottery to
pursue the National Council on Problem Gambling's iCAP Internet Responsible
Gambling Assessment Program. The Michigan Lottery also helped the state's
Problem Gambling help line develop a text and chat platform to expand the
safety net for lottery players."
Each year, the Lottery provides the
Michigan Department of Community Health with $1 million to fund statewide
education and treatment programs for problem gambling. That includes a
toll-free help line that is available 24 hours a day: 800-270-7117. The Lottery
recently enhanced the assistance services available in Michigan by teaming up
with the Health Management Systems of America to provide options for live
online chat, and texts, at 248-648-3363.
In addition to these programs and
services, the Lottery's online games service features responsible gaming
safeguards, such as limits on player deposits and allowing players to exclude
themselves from online games.
The Michigan Lottery also is a
member of the National Council on Problem Gambling and the Michigan Association
on Problem Gambling.
La Fleur's Sustainability Awards
recognize lottery organizations worldwide that achieved outstanding results in
the area of Responsible Gaming, Corporate Social Responsibility, and
Environmental Initiatives. The awards were established this year by TLF
Publications, Inc. Founded in 1991, TLF Publications has been an independent
resource for the global lottery industry.
International Game Technology PLC Announce Signing of Five-Year
Extension Agreement with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control
LONDON, U. K. (July 17, 2015) --
International Game Technology
PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, GTECH
Corporation ("the Company"), has entered into a five-year extension agreement
with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission to continue providing
the Company's INTELLIGEN central monitoring and control system for the
existing video lottery terminal (VLT) program at the state's five licensed VLT
venues: Hollywood Casino Perryville, The Casino at Ocean Downs, Maryland Live!
Casino, Rocky Gap Resort and Casino, and Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.
Additionally under the extension
agreement, the Company will provide technology and services to connect the VLTs
at the state's sixth licensed VLT venue, MGM National Harbor, which is expected
to open in the third or fourth quarter of 2016, to INTELLIGEN.
"We have built a strong
partnership with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission since this
contract began in 2010, and we couldn't be more pleased to extend the
relationship," said Michael Chambrello, CEO, North America Lottery, for
"We have also gained a deep
understanding of the VLT landscape in Maryland over the past five years, and
welcome this new opportunity to assist the Commission in expanding its VLT
program and supporting its next phase of growth."
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