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Arizona Lottery Commissioners Unanimously Endorse Director
Bouies Agenda for Transparency, Social Responsibility and
PHOENIX, Arizona (November 24, 2015)
-- The five-member Arizona State Lottery Commission (Commission) voted
unanimously on Friday, November 20 to endorse Executive Director Tony
Bouies agenda for operations of the $750 million state agency.
Director Bouie presented an agenda
with three areas of focus, including transparency, social responsibility and
Efforts to impact these three
priorities have already begun during the Directors first nine months
leading the agency.
The Arizona Lottery
management team and I have taken a hard look at where to cut costs and how to
grow sales, said Bouie. Under my direction, the Lottery team
has already cut more than $710,000 in expenditures, with projected savings of
more than $3.4 million for Fiscal Year 2016.
After the first of the new year, the
Arizona Lottery will
outsource, through a request for proposal (RFP), the management of its 20-25
person sales force. This will reduce Lottery staff by 26 percent and decrease
personnel costs by $2.5 million annually.
The Phoenix City Council recently
approved a plan submitted by the Arizona Lottery to open a new sales location
at Sky Harbor International Airport in 2016. This location is projected to
quickly become the top Arizona Lottery sales location, bringing in an
additional $2-$3 million in new revenue per year, with a large portion being
from non- Arizona residents.
For the first time in the nearly 35
year history of the Lottery, all marketing subcontracting opportunities of more
than $5,000 are now publicly posted on the Arizona Lottery website, in an
effort to support Arizona-based businesses. More than 90 percent of marketing
spending, excluding billboards, is now spent in state, Bouie explained.
(LINs) and all billboards in LINs
statewide will be removed or changed to the Lotterys Giving
Back campaign messaging. Retailers in LINs that approach the Lottery
requesting a license will be licensed as normal, however.
Through the first quarter of this
fiscal year, which began July 1, Arizona Lottery payouts to state programs are
up 14 percent from the same time period in 2014.
For the period of July 1 through
September 30, gross sales were $182,387,033 with more than $39,360,000 being
distributed to beneficiaries statewide.
Players must be 21 years or older to
purchase or redeem tickets. Winners have 180 days from the drawing date to
claim their prize at an Arizona Lottery office or by mail.
Overall odds vary by game.
All sales are final. In accordance
with the ADA, these materials may be made available in an alternative format.
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About the Arizona
The Arizona Lottery operates
entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products; it
doesnt receive any General Fund dollars from the State.
Proceeds from sales of Lottery
tickets nearly $3.4 million per week, fund a variety of state
Since July 1981, the Arizona Lottery
has paid out more than $5.8 billion in prizes to players, more than $3 billion
in net funding to the state and more than $686 million in commissions to
Learn more at
The Arizona Lottery.
Governor Appoints Tom Delacenserie as Secretary of the Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (November 24,
2015) -- Today, Governor Rick Scott appointed Tom Delacenserie as Secretary of
the Florida Lottery.
Governor Rick Scott said, "Tom is
dedicated to ensuring the Florida Lottery continues to achieve historic
transfers to education through record sales so students have the tools they
need to succeed."
Tom has demonstrated his
knowledge of this important agency and his commitment to serving Floridians. We
look forward to his continued success as Secretary, and the continued
investment in Florida's education system."
Delacenserie has served as interim
secretary since August. Previously, he served as the Deputy Secretary of Sales
and Marketing at the Florida Lottery from 2013-2015.
Prior to that, he served as the
Director of Sales for the Florida Lottery from 2005-2013. He began his career
at the Florida Lottery in 2000 as a District Manager in Fort Myers.
Delacenserie has held various sales
positions in the private sector. He received his undergraduate degree from the
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
SOURCE: Florida Lottery.
Lotterywest Reveal New Retail Design and
PERTH, Western Australia (November
25, 2015) -- A new retail design and new lottery technology is set to modernise
the way lottery games are played in retail stores across Western Australia.
Lotterywest has been working on a retail transformation
which aims to improve the in-store player experience and offer new ways to
At present, key elements of the new
design and technology are being tested in a mock store environment and will
then be tested in concept stores at selected Lotterywest retail locations in
Following this, the new design and
technology will start rolling out across WA in more than 500 retail
Lotterywest CEO Paul Andrew said the
transformation was a vital step in continuing to operate a successful lottery
business into the future which raises much needed funds for the WA
Its about engaging
with our existing players, but just as importantly, attracting new players to
play our games. We need to respond to significant changes occurring in the
retail environment and the ever changing purchasing behaviour of our
players, he said.
Key features of the new
design and technology will include:
- A more visible ScratchnWin display
showcasing a wider range of tickets
- A self-service device giving players more choice
and new ways to play Lotterywest Games
- Digital screens displaying more dynamic information
- A new Players Card delivering improved
features for players
Mr Andrew said in the lead up to
establishing the mock store, extensive consultation and engagement activities
with various stakeholders, in particular our retail network, had taken
Over the last year we have
held more than 20 sessions with retailers, retailer reference groups, staff,
players, shopping centres, landlords and leasing agents. Consultation with
these groups has been extremely valuable in gathering feedback that has
influenced the new design and technology, he said.
User testing and player
observation sessions have also helped to confirm assumptions and clarify areas
of player behaviour.
Lotterywest retailer and manager of
newsXpress Halls Head, Sharon King, said the redesign and new technology was
set to appeal to the next generation of lottery players.
It will help to engage our
players; most importantly the younger market who I think will be attracted to
this fresh and innovative new look, she said.
Lotterywest is not only responsible
for operating the official lottery in WA, but for directly distributing a
proportion of the funds raised to support the WA community.
Last financial year, WA winners
shared in $463 million worth of lottery prizes, while $283 million was raised
for the WA community.
|The new player display unit which will be rolled out as part of
the Lotterywest retail transformation
||The self-service device will give players more choice and new
ways to play Lotterywest Games.
Kentucky Lottery Scratch-Off Ticket Sales Continue To
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (November 20,
2015) --"The story we've shared with you over the past year continues to
hold true," said the Kentucky Lottery's Vice President of Finance Rick Kelley in
a meeting of the organization's board of directors yesterday. "Our
scratch-off product continues to post impressive gains. Mega Millions and
Powerball - two of our most profitable products - continue to suffer due to the
lack of sustained jackpot runs."
Kelley reported overall lottery
sales from July through October were $310.3 million, which is $23.2 million (or
8.1%) more than last year and $1.1 million more than budget. Sales of instant
tickets for the period were $194.4 million, a $16.3 million (or 9.2%) increase
from last year and $5.9 million (or 3.1%) more than budget. He said Keno
continues its strong performance at $18.6 million, up $4.4 (or 30.7%) million
from last year and $170,000 more than budget. Draw game sales though continue
to be stunted by the jackpot issue in the large multi-state games. Kelley said
draw game sales were $97.3 million, which is $2.5 million more than last year
yet $4.9 million less than budgeted.
"Powerball sales in Kentucky are
actually up very slightly from last year, but are 13.8% below where they were
budgeted to perform. Mega Millions is down 22.7% below budget as well,"
Year-to-date income before transfer
of dividends was $75.8 million, which is $873,000 more than last year but
$816,000 less than budgeted.
Kelley said players have benefitted
in the past two months due to high-paying number combinations being drawn in
the daily Pick 3 and Pick 4 games. "Pick 3 prize expense so far this year is
$967,000 above what was anticipated, and Pick 4 prize expense had been $432,000
more than anticipated" he said. The trend continued in November, when a single
Pick 4 drawing of the combination 1-2-3-4 paid out $1.4 million in
Results of a benchmark measurement
study comparing Kentucky's performance to 11 comparable state lotteries in the
U.S were shared with the board. "Kentucky sold $899.1 million in tickets
last year, as opposed to the average of $865.1 million in our benchmark
states," Kelley said. "In addition, while we returned $236.1 million to
the Commonwealth, the average state returns in our benchmark states was $221.5
In other business, the board
approved new or amended rules and regulations for eight scratch off games,
eight Internet instant play games and three draw games.
The next meeting of the KLC's board
of directors will be January 22nd. 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.
SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery Board
When is Close Enough Good Enough?
Starting on November 22,
TRENTON, New Jersey (November 20,
2015) Not only can anything happen in New Jersey when playing the
Lottery, now, being pretty close is good enough to win
prizes when playing Pick-3 and Pick-4. Beginning on Sunday, November 22, a new
Close Enough bet type pays out prizes when players numbers are one number
higher or lower than the winning numbers drawn by the Lottery.
When playing Close Enough on Pick-3,
players win if one, two or even all three of their selected numbers are off by
one, either higher or lower, than the Lottery drawn numbers. Players also win
if their numbers match in the exact order of the Lottery drawn numbers.
The same rule applies for the Pick-4
game; players win by matching the winning numbers exactly or having up to four
numbers one higher or lower.
The Pick-3 and Pick-4 games
are the best-selling Draw Games in our product line-up. With the addition of
the Close Enough bet type, we are confident that even more players will be
intrigued by the opportunity to win even if they dont pick the numbers
exactly right, said Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey
Lottery. More things in life should be like the Close Enough
game. Close Enough is a bet type, each bet can be played for as
little as $0.50. Instant Match can be added to Close Enough bets for an
Players can easily determine if they
have a winning ticket because the winning combinations are printed right on the
ticket for easy reference. Also, a new bet slip was designed for the Close
Enough bet type on which players can view the average prize payouts for the
various types of wagers.
Close Enough is being added to the
already popular and familiar bet types available for the Pick-3 and Pick-4
games which are: Straight, Box, Straight/Box, Wheel and Pair bets.
About the New Jersey
Since its inception in 1970, the
New Jersey Lottery
(NJLottery.com) has contributed more than $23 billion to the State in support
of education and institutions. In Fiscal Year 2014, the Lotterys
contribution was more than $965 million. Among its beneficiaries are: veterans
homes, colleges and universities, school nutrition programs, homes for the
developmentally disabled, psychiatric hospitals, higher education scholarship
programs and the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf.
SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.
Racing Board Welcomes Report on Offshore Betting
NEW ZEALAND (November 24, 2015)
--New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) Chair Glenda Hughes has today welcomed the
findings of an off-shore betting working group announced by the Minister for
Racing, Nathan Guy.
Speaking at the organisations'
Annual General Meeting in Petone today, Minister Guy outlined recommendations
designed to combat the impact of off-shore betting on racing and sport.
These include the introduction of an
offshore bookmaker fee and changes to the Racing Act designed to make NZRB more
It is estimated that New Zealanders
spend with overseas agencies an estimated $58 million of gross betting revenue
(turnover less dividends) from a total turnover of up to $518 million per
Further, corporate bookmakers take
an estimated $300 million of betting on New Zealand's domestic racing
Hughes says offshore bookies are
freeloading on quality New Zealand sport and racing products - they contribute
nothing back to our domestic racing industry, they give nothing back to our
local communities and pay nothing to the New Zealand Government.
"The purpose of NZRB is to ensure
the benefits from betting go to funding sport and racing, but offshore
bookmakers erode this return back to the community," says Hughes.
"It is not just for the
Government to act, the NZRB also needs to be more competitive, ensure that
Kiwis can get the same level of service and product offerings as are available
offshore," says Hughes.
In 2013/14, NZRB contributed $47.5
million in duties, tax and levies to the Government. NZRB CEO John Allen says
the Governments recommendations are pleasing news for an industry that
contributes $1.6 billion to the New Zealand economy and employs more than
"Racing is facing challenges, but
it is an industry that can and will flourish - we just need to act now.
"We are working on a series of
projects and innovations designed to make us more competitive, so that we can
grow Net Profit for distributions and properly support the racing and sports
industries that depend on us."
For the financial year ending 31
July the NZ Racing Board posted a Net Profit of $144.0 million - an increase of
5.1% on the 2013/14 financial year.
The three racing codes - NZ
Thoroughbred Racing, Harness Racing NZ and Greyhound Racing NZ received $134.2
million in distributions with a further $10.6m applied to the racing industry
National Sporting Organisations
received $6.1 million and a record $2.7 million was paid or provided to other
sporting bodies from gaming activities.
Click here for a copy of the 2015 NZRB Annual
SOURCE: Press Release: NZ Racing
Gambling Association Updated AML Guidelines Published
LONDON, U.K. (November 25, 2015) --
The Remote Gambling Association (RGA), has today published the Second Edition
of its publication, Anti-money laundering: Good practice guidelines for
the online gambling industry.
The guidelines are designed to help
licensed online gambling companies combat the threat of money laundering and
terrorist financing in a consistent and effective manner.
It covers key areas such as the
application of a risk-based approach; due diligence processes; and internal
Clive Hawkswood, the RGAs
Chief Executive said, Our first edition of these guidelines was well
received and, more importantly, provided a useful tool for companies in the
online gambling industry. In this Edition we have, among other things, sought
to anticipate some of the changes that will flow from implementation of the
EUs 4th AML Directive. We will keep the guidelines under review so that
they continue to reflect any new developments.
CLICK HERE to download a copy of the guidelines can
be downloaded via the following.
The Remote Gambling
We are a London & Brussels
-based trade association whose members are all licensed for gambling purposes
Our membership includes most of the
world's largest and most respected Internet gambling companies, many of whom
also have interests in terrestrial gambling establishments.
We are committed to promoting a
regulated and non-discriminatory environment for responsible licensed operators
in the world's remote gambling markets.
The key objectives of the
RGA are as follows:
- to provide an organisation for the benefit and
service of remote gambling operators within the betting and gaming
- to consider litigation and where appropriate
support any of its members involved in litigation over the right to provide
- to represent, express and give effect to the views
and opinions of remote gambling operators and their employees on commercial or
- to encourage high standards of probity and
integrity within the betting and gaming industry, both for the benefit of its
members and the public generally; and
- to encourage social responsibility within the
betting and gaming industry effected through various means including support
for charities and initiatives to help those who have gambling problems.
RGAs role is to provide the
industry with a single voice on all the issues of importance to regulators,
legislators, and key decision makers around the world. We are working to
promote a regulated and non-discriminatory environment for on-line gaming
globally. Within Europe we call for fair and open market access for all
companies licensed or legally established therein . European consumers should
be guaranteed the right to access services provided by regulated and
responsible on-line gaming providers of their choice. RGA encourages social
responsibility and high standards of probity and integrity within the industry
through the development of codes of conduct.
Responsible Gambling Trust Announce Over £500,000 Funding
for Gambling-Related Harm Minimisation Projects
LONDON, UK (November 19, 2015) --
The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) has agreed to provide £580,000 of
grant funding to deliver five advice and education projects that aim to reduce
demonstrably the impact of gambling-related harm, particularly on vulnerable
populations such as young people and the homeless. The programme will provide
funding over a period of two years and will form an important element of
RGTs ambitions for an effective and integrated response to
gamblingrelated harm delivered by public and third sector service
RGTs independent Treatment
Expert Panel reviewed proposals received through an open tender process. Each
of the five projects to be funded has the potential to be delivered nationally
and offers strong local partnerships with public bodies, charitable
organisations and other services.
- Two projects will develop curriculum-based
materials and interventions to be used in secondary schools; Fast Forward will
deliver a programme in Scotland, and Demos, in partnership with Mentor, the
PSHE Association, and CNWL Foundation NHS Trust will deliver a programme in
England and Wales
- A project exploring how best to screen for gambling
problems and provide brief advice within homelessness services will be
delivered by the University of Lincoln in partnership with NatCen Social
- Newport Citizens Advice will lead on the delivery
of a programme to raise awareness of gambling-related harm, equipping other
professionals and the wider CAB network to effectively identify those
presenting for debt advice for gambling problems, and provide early
intervention and signposting for those in need of additional support.
- The Professional Players Federation will lead
a programme of education for sports men and women to raise awareness of
gambling-related harm, with its member associations partially funding this
This latest round of funding will
build on a pilot of harm minimisation programmes run by organisations in
England, Scotland and Wales which concluded in March 2015. RGT is also planning
to deliver projects which address gambling-related harm within both the
military and the criminal justice system, and will be announcing further
Invitations to Tender for such projects in 2016.
Marc Etches, Chief Executive of the
Responsible Gambling Trust, said: RGT is keen to promote an integrated
and holistic prevention and treatment landscape for those suffering
gambling-related harm in Great Britain. Underpinned by the National Gambling
Helpline, an effective and integrated response to gambling-related harm
includes awareness-raising and early harm prevention work, particularly among
young people and other vulnerable populations, alongside the various
counselling and treatment services RGT already funds. We are committed to
funding effective harm minimisation programmes and are delighted to be funding
these innovative and practical proposals which have the potential for
sustainable national impact.
CONTACT: Paul Scaping, Bell
Pottinger, Direct line: +44(0)20 3772 2626, Mobile: +44 (0)7795 971022, Email:
SOURCE: Responsible Gambling
Office of the Attorney General Announce Additional Charges in Hot Lotto Fraud
OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 20, 2015)- A
criminal investigation that began in Iowa and has been underway for nearly five
years has expanded, with charges now involving lottery jackpot prizes in four
states, the latest in Oklahoma. A felony criminal conduct charge filed last
month that stemmed from jackpots won in Iowa, Colorado and Wisconsin was
amended this week to also include a lottery jackpot in Oklahoma.
At the time that all of the jackpots
were won, the man charged in the case worked as an information security
consultant at a vendor organization within the lottery industry. That man,
Eddie Tipton, later became the Director of Information Security at that same
vendor organization, the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which is based
in Urbandale, Iowa. MUSL handles day-to-day functions such as prize drawings in
some lotto games on behalf of U.S. lotteries. In his work at MUSL, Tipton
evaluated security systems at many U.S. lotteries and provided other
information-technology duties, including software programming.
Tipton was convicted this summer on
two felony counts of fraud in the case that started the long-running
investigation: the attempted claim of a lottery jackpot in 2010 in Iowa.
Then in October, a felony charge of
ongoing criminal conduct was filed against Tipton that initially encompassed
lottery jackpot prizes won in three different states: the attempted claim in
2010 in Iowa; a jackpot claimed in 2005 in Colorado; and another in 2007 in
Wisconsin. The criminal conduct charge has been expanded this week to include a
jackpot prize claim in 2011 in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma prize was a $1.2
million Hot Lotto jackpot won on Nov. 23, 2011. The prize was claimed on Dec.
21, 2011, by a Texas man.
Tipton is charged with violating
Iowa's ongoing criminal conduct statute. The criminal complaint against him
stipulates that he helped build the random-number generator equipment used in
the jackpot drawings for the prizes involved. The complaint also stipulates
that according to court testimony earlier this year, he had the technical
ability and opportunity to tamper with the drawing equipment that picks the
winning lottery numbers in order to make the numbers predictable.
The Iowa and Oklahoma jackpots were
both won in the multi-state Hot Lotto game, while the jackpots in Colorado and
Wisconsin were won in games offered only in those states.
Background Regarding the
The long-running investigation dates
back to 2010. On Dec. 29, 2010, a ticket purchased at a convenience store in
Des Moines, Iowa, won the multi-million-dollar jackpot in that night's Hot
Lotto® drawing. 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 to the Iowa Lottery by lawyers on behalf of a New York investment
trust that had been established to benefit a corporation in the country of
Belize. No one 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.
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, which has been ongoing since
The money from the jackpot involved,
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.
In January 2015, Eddie Tipton was
charged with two counts of lottery fraud in the Iowa prize claim. He was
convicted on those charges in July in Iowa's Polk County District Court and
sentenced in September to 10 years in prison, the maximum penalty possible. At
the sentencing, the judge called Tipton's behavior a large breach of trust.
A second man is also charged in the
Iowa case. Robert Rhodes II of Sugar Land, Texas, was arrested in March and
charged with two counts of lottery fraud. The criminal complaint against him
detailed that Tipton previously worked for Rhodes' Houston-based company. An
Iowa trial date for Rhodes has not been set.
Tipton is the only person charged to
date in the prize claims in Colorado, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.
Rollo Redburn, Executive Director of
the Oklahoma Lottery
stated, "It's appalling to know that the person at the center of this case
once worked as a trusted employee at a vendor organization within the lottery
industry. This is a breach of trust against lotteries, our players, our games
and the worthy causes that lotteries benefit. The case is a stark reminder of
the need to be vigilant against fraud. We are so pleased that the staff of the
Iowa Lottery was the key factor in preventing prize payment in the initial case
and the continued investigation has helped our industry introduce new
equipment, additional layers of security and better separation of duties to
protect our players. The Oklahoma Lottery is committed to ensuring the security
and integrity of our games and to ensure that the games are fair and offer all
players an equal chance to win. We will continue to cooperate with the
investigators in this case wherever it leads."
About the Oklahoma
Net proceeds of all Lottery games
are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More
than $699 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with
funds appropriated by the State Legislature to pay debt service on a higher
education capital bond issue; to pay support salaries for public schools and
for equipment, scholarships and other purposes at our career and technology
For more information about the
Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov
SOURCE: Oklahoma Lottery.
Miami Win Support of International Gaming Organisations
LONDON / MIAMI (November 23, 2015)
-- Juegos Miami, the new event concept dedicated to the business needs of the
Pan-Latin American and Caribbean gaming industry (May 31st - June 3rd 2016, The
Biltmore, Coral Gables, Miami), has secured the support of leading
transnational industry bodies relevant to the region.
The supporting associations
comprise, CIBELAE (Latin
American Corporation of State Lottery and Betting),
ALEA (Lottery, Pool and Casino
Association), Provincial Lotteries & Casinos Institute, ECA (European
Casino Association), ACCJ (Chile Casino Association), CONNAZAR (National
Consortium of Gaming and Gambling Concessionaires), FEDELCO (Colombian
Lotteries Federation), CONAJZAR (National Gambling Commission), SCJ (Chile
Superintendence of Casinos), AECJ (Spanish Casino Association) and APEJA
(Peruvian Association of Entertainment & Gambling). The associations are
based in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Spain.
Courtney Muller, Executive
Vice-President at Urban Expositions, which is jointly organising Juegos Miami
in partnership with Clarion Events, believes this latest development is another
endorsement of the vision which is driving the Juegos Miami brand. She
explained: "I am delighted that our vision to create a business event which is
targeted to meet the very specific needs of the industry in this key region has
resonated with so many key trade bodies.
"There's no doubt that events
require a number of ingredients in order to be successful and sustainable.
Based on our research and our lengthy discussions with the industry, we have
the right location in Miami - the gateway to Latin America, and the right
timing in the industry calendar. We have secured the support of notable gaming
leaders including Novomatic, Merkur Gaming, Aristocrat, BMM, GLI and Ainsworth
and I am equally delighted to be able to now confirm the participation of such
influential trade bodies and associations."
"The teams at Urban and Clarion
are totally focussed on delivering a refreshing mix of product, learning,
knowledge-exchange, training, networking and socialising. We recognise how
important it is that Juegos Miami is cost-effective for exhibitors and our plug
and play pricing structure allows suppliers to access key buyers and decision
makers where the only additional cost is shipping equipment and flights for
their staff. All accommodation, exhibit costs and F&B are
The first edition of Juegos Miami
will take place at The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Miami, May 31st to June 3rd,
Juegos Miami is being held at The
Biltmore, Coral Gables, Miami, May 31st to June 3rd, 2016, web:
About the Juegos Miami brand
Juegos Miami is organised by Clarion
Events and Urban Expositions, the leading producers of gaming events globally.
These include ICE Totally Gaming, NIGA, GiGse and EiG along with the Totally
Gaming Academy - a series of training events for the industry. With a
successful track record bringing buyers and sellers together in cost-effective
and convenient settings, both Clarion and Urban have the experience and
industry relationships with this type of specialised trade show audience.
For more information:
SOURCE: Juegos Miami.
Gaming Extends LOI to Acquire Leading eBingo Provider in
EDMONTON, Alberta (November 19,
2015) -- eQube Gaming Limited announced today it has extended its non-binding
letter of intent ("LOI") to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of
Teknobingo Scandinavia AS ("Teknobingo"). On April 14, 2015, eQube announced
its intention to acquire two Norwegian companies: Teknobingo Scandinavia AS, a
software and hardware solutions provider to the eBingo market and Bingo
Entreprenøren AS, an operator of 21 bingo halls in Norway. On November
3, 2015, eQube announced its decision to not move forward with the Bingo
Headquartered in Oslo, Teknobingo is
a leading eBingo provider in Norway. The business is a complementary fit to
eQube's core business of providing eBingo product solutions across North
America and Europe.
Total consideration for the
Acquisition will be EUR4,000,000 Euros ($5,680,000 CAD) and will consist of
EUR750,000 Euros ($1,065,000 CAD) in cash and the equivalent of EUR250,000
Euros ($355,000 CAD) in ordinary shares of eQube issued at a price of $0.50 per
share at the closing of the transaction and cash earn outs not to exceed
EUR3,000,000 Euros ($4,260,000 CAD) over three years.
Kent Tong, CEO and Director,
commented: "eQube's goal is to become the leading provider of technology and
operational tools in the global charitable and community gaming markets. Our
acquisition of one of the leading eBingo software solutions fits perfectly
within our growth strategy. We see immediate revenue-generating opportunities
in key European markets using Teknobingo's proven software platform. Our
penetration into this market will further demonstrate the value of eQube's
suite of products and professional services directly to eBingo and related
community gaming operations."
Rationale for the
- Teknobingo is a proven eBingo technology platform
with immediate application opportunities in key European markets including
- Synergies and growth opportunities - The Teknobingo
linked bingo software platform and games can be deployed in new European
markets and can be added to eQube's offerings in existing customer locations in
North America and Ireland; With a large market presence in Norway, eQube bingo
variant products can also be placed into this new market; and
- Management team - Following the Acquisition,
Teknobingo's president and sole shareholder, Terje Olsen, will become a
significant eQube shareholder and consultant of eQube holding approximately 2%
of the outstanding shares of the Company. Mr. Olsen and his team bring over 25
years of developing, managing and supporting eBingo in the global market.
The Acquisition is subject to
completion of customary due diligence, negotiation and settlement of a
definitive agreement, approval of all regulatory and third party approvals,
including the TSX Venture Exchange and customary closing conditions. There is
no assurance that a definitive agreement will be successfully negotiated or
entered into or that the Acquisition will be completed.
Currency conversions from Euro to
Canadian dollars set forth herein are based on a rate of 1.42 in effect on
November 18, 2015. It is anticipated that the actual conversion rate from Euro
to Canadian dollars will be based on the exchange rate in effect at the time of
About eQube Gaming Limited
eQube is a leading provider of
community and charitable gaming solutions for charitable and commercial gaming
facilities. eQube has a majority market share of the Canadian regulated eBingo
market, is the leading provider to the Irish digital bingo market and now
operates the largest linked bingo game in Western Canada. Current solutions,
consisting of commercial eBingo, linked bingo, social games and ancillary
systems, are deployed in North America and Europe. eQube's open platform suite
of tools provides customers with new revenue channels to deliver and enhance
traditional bingo income for lottery, tribal and other gaming
eQube has been offering its
charitable gaming solutions to provincial gaming authorities and private
industry since its inception in 1999. Its registered and head office is in
Edmonton, Alberta. eQube is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol
EQG. For more information visit: www.eqube.com.
SOURCE: eQube Gaming Limited.
Governor Scott's Florida First Budget Aims to make The Florida
Lottery First For Education Contributions
TALLAHASSEE, Flroida (November 22.
2015) -- Governor Scott's Florida First budget supports the
Florida Lottery's core
mission of providing funding for education in Florida by investing $168.8
million in the Florida Lottery. The Florida Lottery generated $1.5 billion in
transfers to education during fiscal year 2014-15.
Governor Scott said, "We know a
great job begins with a great education, and the Florida Lottery is working to
provide our students with the tools they need to succeed in college and
careers. We will continue to support the Florida Lottery so they can make
historic investments in Florida's education system."
The Florida First budget
- Sales Incentive Plan - The Florida Lottery
contributed $1.5 billion to Florida's education system out of $5.58 billion in
sales last fiscal year alone. The Florida Lottery is the second highest
contributor to education among all state lottery systems. To further increase
education contributions through higher sales, the Governor's budget recommends
$761,000 for a Sales Incentive Plan based on achieving established sales goals
with manager incentives to cultivate top performance among sales staff.
- IT Equipment and Security - Maintenance and
replacement of the Lottery's network infrastructure as well as its security
equipment is critical to maintaining the safety and integrity of its
operations. The Governor's budget provides $948,900 for IT Equipment and
- Statewide Network Capacity Increase - The
Department of Management Services recommends the Lottery upgrade its systems to
increase connectivity between the Lottery's Mainframe Network, the Orlando Data
Center and the Lottery's nine district offices. The Governor's budget provides
$142,081 to double the current bandwidth and increase capacity
- $119,700 for six new draw machines to replace the
current machines which are near the end of their useful life and must be
- $480,994 to ensure sufficient budget is available
for the Lottery's advertising agency fee based on the appropriated budget for
paid advertising and promotion.
Florida Lottery Secretary Tom
Delacenserie said, "The Florida First budget reflects Governor Scott's
continued commitment to investing in education and strengthening Florida's
economy. The Lottery will continue its efforts to achieve record-setting sales
to maximize contributions to Florida's education system."
Ned Bowman, Executive Director of
Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association said, "I
want to thank Governor Scott for putting Florida businesses first and the
Florida Lottery for helping retailers grow their businesses with exciting games
and tangible incentives. We are proud of our long partnership with the Florida
Lottery, and we look forward to continuing to support their efforts of
generating revenue for Florida's students and schools."
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 millionaires. For more
information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Holiday-Themed PSAs from New York's Responsible Play Partnership Challenge New
Yorkers to Gift Responsibly
New York joins 37 other
Lotteries around the globe in sending a united responsible gaming message
reminding holiday shoppers that Lottery tickets are not child's
NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 24, 2015)
-- Members of New York's Responsible Play Partnership (RPP), comprised of the
New York State Gaming Commission, New York State Office of Alcoholism and
Substances Abuse Services (OASAS) and the New York Council on Problem Gambling
today announced the launch of the second in a series of public service
announcements (PSAs) aimed at educating the public about problem gambling and
increasing awareness of related prevention and treatment options available to
New Yorkers in need.
The new PSA reminds New Yorkers that
"some gifts are better left to the grown-ups." The point is made clear
with visuals of bewildered children opening gifts clearly meant for older
adults such as a set of tires and a coffee maker.
The TV PSA, available in 15- and
30-second formats, will begin airing Black Friday, November 27.
The accompanying radio PSA is
New York State Gaming Commission
Executive Director Robert Williams said, "We are committed to working
collaboratively with the National Council on Problem Gambling and with other
lotteries around the world to share the message that lottery tickets should not
be purchased as holiday gifts for children."
New York State Office of Alcoholism
and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez
said, "Research has shown that the sooner a child begins to gamble, the more
likely that child is to develop problem gambling issues in later life. This PSA
serves as a reminder that by giving Lottery tickets to children at holiday time
and throughout the rest of the year, you may be putting a child at
New York Council on Problem Gambling
Executive Director Jim Maney said, "We support the ongoing collaborative
efforts of the RPP to promote responsible gambling messaging year-round. I
believe this and other efforts being developed by the RPP are truly helping to
educate New Yorkers on this important issue."
The Gift Responsibly statewide
effort highlights the RPP's mission to advance the public discussion about
problem gambling in New York. The holiday PSA follows on the heels of an
earlier production entitled "Too Much to Lose" that showcased New York's free
addiction referral HOPEline (1-877-8HOPE-NY) administered by OASAS
The "Too Much to Lose" PSA ran more
than 4,700 times statewide through the month of August. Both PSAs complement
the RPP's ground-breaking "Let's Start the Conversation" regional forums, which
served to bring together all of the State's gaming operators, responsible
gaming representatives, and problem gambling prevention and treatment providers
on a region-by-region basis to develop a more coordinated responsible gaming
infrastructure to support the unprecedented gaming expansion taking place in
New York today.
The holiday effort in particular
comes in response to a call from the National Council on Problem Gambling
asking lotteries around the world to send a responsible gaming message
regarding underage play during the holiday season.
SOURCE: New York State Gaming
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TOPEKA, Kansas (November 23, 2015)
-- We all know you can snag some fabulous deals on Black Friday, and one of
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27, 2015, will win a FREE $5 Super Kansas Cash ticket or one of thousands of
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Holiday Millionaire Raffle tickets
cost $20 each. The Kansas Lottery will sell only 175,000 tickets. As of 4:00
a.m. November 24, only 51,005 raffle tickets remained.
This is the seventh year for the
Holiday Millionaire Raffle, which has sold out each year it has been offered.
Regardless of when the raffle sells out, the Grand Prize drawing will still be
held December 31.
The $1 million dollar winning number
will be announced at approximately 12:00 p.m. December 31. Other cash prizes to
be drawn in the Grand Prize are 20 - $5,000 prizes, 25 - $1,000 prizes and
2,500 - $100 prizes.
SOURCE: Kansas Lottery.
Gaming Show Closes on 2015 with Eyes Wide Open for 2016
MACAU, SAR (November 23, 2015) --
The greatest platform for
Macao Gaming Show
to move forward to the next level," is how Jay Chun, Chairman of the
influential trade association MGEMA, described the 2015 MGS which closed on
Thursday 19 November at The Venetian.
Gaming and leisure professionals
from throughout the world, including representatives from every continent,
attended the 3rd edition of the Macao Gaming Show which this year drew in a
record total of 138 exhibitors on the showfloor, plus additional companies in
its special zones from France, South Korea and Macau.
The 2015 MGS occupied a record
breaking 12,000 sqm of stand space nearly 20 percent larger than last
year to establish itself as one of the top three independent exhibitions
in the Macau SAR.
Reflecting on the exhibition, Jay
Chun said: The Macao Gaming Show has made a significant step forward.
The exhibition has signalled its intent to grow in numbers and expand in
sectors, and the positive response from all the exhibitors and visitors
suggests that MGS must continue with its vision through 2016 and
He continued: Last
weeks show saw major innovations on the floor from both the gaming and
entertainment sectors; key product launches across the board; a strong input
from the Macau concessionaires and the local business community; an increasing
overseas contingent; and notable commitments to sign up for 2016. Equally
important is the impression MGS and the Macao Tourism and Culture Summit left
on our key partners at the Macau SAR Government. MGS 2015 proved that Macau can
really make its mark on the international stage through both quality trading
opportunities and ideas and debate that will drive the industry
Reinforcing the role of the MGEMA
and its crucial work in pushing the Macao Gaming Show forward, Jay Chun
continued: MGS has reinforced its unique position as a key driver in
our industry: we have confirmed our status as the only show that is truly
representative of the Asian gaming industry and that it has the credentials,
quality and vision to move this on to the next level. Our task which
starts immediately is to build on the success of 2015 and push forward
with the shows development as one of the worlds must
attend gaming events.
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SOURCE: Macau Gaming Show.