10+-Year Agreement with the North Carolina Education Lottery to Provide a Wide
Array of Lottery Technology and Ongoing Services
LONDON, U.K. (March 11, 2016)
International Game Technology PLC (IGT) (NYSE: IGT) announced that
its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has signed a Gaming System
and Related Services Agreement (Agreement) with the North Carolina Education
Lottery (NCEL) to provide a new draw-based central system, new lottery
terminals, as well as player self-service vending machines, a multifaceted
communications network, and ongoing services. The Agreement, with an initial
term of 10+ years from Go-Live on April 1, 2017 until June 30,
2027, allows for a five-year extension option until June 30, 2032, and is the
result of a competitive procurement. The NCEL has been a valued IGT
customer since the NCEL launched the lottery in 2006.
We are grateful to be
aligned with the NCEL in innovating its business and achieving consecutive
years of record success, and we welcome the opportunity to support the NCEL in
ushering in its next exciting chapter, said Michael Chambrello, IGT
CEO, North America Lottery. We look forward to furthering our
partnership, helping to increase contributions to education, and bringing the
greatest value to North Carolinians as we help the NCEL reach and exceed its
next set of strategic goals.
Lotterys partnership with IGT during its first 10 years of operations is
one of the major reasons it has succeeded in increasing both sales and earnings
every year, said Alice Garland, Executive Director of the NCEL.
With our new partnership, the lottery will get the systems and
equipment it needs to work more effectively and efficiently for its players,
its retail partners and the good cause it serves. By working together, the next
10 years can be as successful as the first.
Under the terms of the Agreement,
IGT will provide the NCEL with industry-leading tools including components of
IGTs Aurora platform. Aurora Open Retail (f/k/a NEOS), a new retail
solution software architecture, will enable the NCEL to support multiple types
of retailer solution devices in an efficient manner, improving time to
market. Additionally, the NCEL will receive Aurora Navigator (f/k/a
NVISION) back-office applications for lottery personnel who will have the
ability to customize the look and feel of the interface to meet their exact
needs, help them better manage their business, and enhance productivity.
The NCEL will also receive
IGTs Altura Flex draw-based lottery terminal which features a
highly-configurable platform derived from the successful Altura GT1200 product,
and a smaller footprint. A new reader for play slips is designed to reduce
maintenance cycles and improve throughput. A high-resolution wide-screen
retailer display will enhance the ease of use and productivity of retailers.
Moreover, the Gemini Touch,
IGTs new self-service lottery vending machine, provides fully
customizable screens, allowing the NCEL to showcase its brand identity and
creatively display content that is unique and inviting. Up to 28 instant-ticket
games are supported and the number of draw games is configurable based on the
The latest ES MultiMedia digital
advertising display solution will be provided to stimulate increased brand
awareness, winner awareness, and player recognition of jackpots and game
activities, directly at the point-of-sale. The communications network will be
replaced with a combination of VSAT technology and the IGT-patented Dual Comm
Inside, offering the highest network availability in the lottery industry.
IGT will maintain its primary data
center to be co-located with the NCELs new facility in Raleigh, providing
services to the NCEL including installation and maintenance of the new central
system, terminals, and communications network; retailer training; and field
services. IGT will continue to provide backup data center services from its
Data Center of the Americas facility located in Austin, Texas.
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
Robert K. Vincent,
Corporate Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside
U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452.
Investor Relations, (401) 392-7190.
(+39) 06 51899030; for Italian media inquiries.
SOURCE: International Game
Laboratories International (GLI®) Hosts Another Extremely Successful North
American Regulators Roundtable in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 10, 2016)
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) proudly hosted its 16th
annual North American Regulators Roundtable, welcoming over 200 regulators from
31 jurisdictions across North America and the Caribbean. This years
theme, Strategically Embracing Innovation, was fitting, with
discussions centered on topics like iGaming and fantasy sports.
GLI President & CEO James Maida
said, We are honored by the support that our regulator clients provide
for our Regulators Roundtables. GLI is proud to host networking and learning
opportunities for our guests. Every aspect of our 16th annual North American
Regulators Roundtable was a success the keynote addresses, the various
high-level sessions, and the brand new event mobile application.
The annual, two-day event, held at
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, is a unique
opportunity for regulators to absorb high-level information from
thought-leaders and discuss or share ideas about various topics with their
Brand new to this years
Regulators Roundtable was the event mobile application, accessible to attendees
via their smart phones. Regulators were encouraged to use the application for
submitting questions throughout the event, which were answered either during
respective sessions or the Whats On Your Mind? An Interactive
Forum, also new to the event.
Other popular sessions included
Detecting Cheaters and Minimizing Fraud, which featured live
demonstrations of techniques thieves use to gain access to sensitive
information and compromise the integrity of a gaming operation; and What
is the Call for Fantasy Sports?, which opened up discussion about Daily
Fantasy Sports and the legal and policy issues related to the debate.
The exciting keynote address was
delivered by Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney, a motivational speaker, author and
decorated combat pilot. Sweeneys presentation, Pressure Cooker
Confidence: How To Lead When the Heat Is On, focused on his life or
death experience as a pilot during a night combat mission and allowed the
audience to mentally live through the challenges he faced.
Concluding this years event,
we were pleased to announce that next years Regulators Roundtable will be
held March 15 and 16, 2017 at Luxor Las Vegas. GLI will produce the Latin
American Regulators Roundtable August 24 and 25, 2016 in Curacao. The North
American Regulators Roundtable was presented free of charge to regulators.
|Embracing Millennials with
Future Game Mechanics
|Left to right:
Patrick Moore, Senior Director, Client Services, GLI, Scott Scepaniak,
Compliance Officer, Mystic Lake Resort & Casino, Chad Kornett, Director,
Technical Compliance, GLI, Eric Meyerhofer, CEO, Gamblit Gaming, Carrie
Porterfield, Manager, Regulatory Development, IGT
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs laboratory locations are found on six
continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for
compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical
competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more
information, visit: www.gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Rad! Lottery Launches ATARI Scratch Ticket
Lottery Releases Totally
Rad Atari Ticket
DENVER, Colorado (March 11, 2016)
The Lottery is showing some 8-bit love for all things 80s with a new,
truly outrageous Scratch ticket!
The Lottery has launched a new $5
ATARI Scratch ticket featuring four different faces of the popular and
nostalgic video games Asteroids ®, Breakout ®, Centipede ®,
and Missile Command ®.
The game has three Top Prizes of
$100,000 and will be sold at all of the Lotterys more than 3,000
If a super awesome flashback to the
decade of big hair and New Wave wasnt lucky enough, ATARI Scratch is the
Lotterys 777th Scratch ticket.
Adding a way cool bonus to promote
the game, players will have six weeks of Second-Chance Drawings where they can
win Scratch tickets, an ATARI Flashback 6 Classic Game Console, or the Grand
Prize which includes an Arcades Legends 3 Upright Multi-Game Video Arcade
For more information, visit
SOURCE: Colorado Lottery.
Lottery Live! Scratch Ticket Offers Chances to Win VIP Trips to Hottest Music
AUSTIN, Texas (March 14, 2016)
The Texas Lottery today announced the launch of Texas Lottery Live!, a
new $5 scratch ticket game that offers more than $23 million in total prizes, a
top prize of $100,000 and VIP trips to the countrys hottest music
festivals. The ticket is available at lottery retail locations throughout the
With Texas Lottery Live!,
players and music fans can see live performances from some of their favorite
music artists and have the chance to meet the performers backstage,
said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.
Players that do not win instantly
can enter non-winning tickets into one of five promotional second-chance
drawings for a chance to win VIP trips to music festivals around the country
including Bumbershoot®, Stagecoach Country Music Festival,
Hangout Fest and L.A. LIVE.
All prize packages include airfare
from within the 48 contiguous U.S. states, ground transportation to and from
the airport and the festival, premium hotel accommodations at a deluxe hotel
and $1,000 spending money.
The Prize Packages
- LIVE LIKE A VIP Experience: Trip to L.A.
LIVE in Los Angeles for the winner and three guests.
- STAGECOACH PICTURE PERFECT EXPERIENCE:
Trip to Indio, California, to attend the Stagecoach Country Music
Festival for the winner and a guest.
- STAGECOACH ULTIMATE VIP EXPERIENCE:
Trip to Indio, California, to attend the Stagecoach Country Music
Festival for the winner and for guest.
- STAGECOACH VIP PRIZE EXPERIENCE: Trip
to Indio, California, to attend the Stagecoach Country Music Festival for
the winner and a guest.
- HANGOUT LIVE LIKE A PROMOTER
EXPERIENCE: Trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama, to attend Hangout Fest for
the winner and a guest.
- HANGOUT FEST PARTY EXPERIENCE: Trip to
Gulf Shores, Alabama, to attend Hangout Fest for the winner and a
- BUMBERSHOOT® PICTURE PERFECT EXPERIENCE:
Trip to Seattle, Washington, to attend Bumbershoot® for the winner and a
- BUMBERSHOOT® ULTIMATE VIP PRIZE
EXPERIENCE: Trip to Seattle, Washington, to attend Bumbershoot® for the
winner and a guest.
- BUMBERSHOOT® VIP PRIZE EXPERIENCE: Trip
to Seattle, Washington, to attend Bumbershoot® for the winner and a
In conjunction with the game, the
Texas Lottery is also sponsoring the Texas Lottery Live! Concert Series:
- Off The Rails Country Music Fest: April 23 & 24
Toyota Stadium Frisco
- River City Rock Fest: May 29 AT&T Center
- Old Dominion: May 4 Tricky Falls El
- The Lumineers: May 22 - Bomb Factory - Dallas
- Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen and Old
Dominion: June 4 - AT&T Stadium Arlington
About the Texas Lottery
Beginning with the first ticket sold
in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $24 billion in revenue for the state
and distributed $48 billion in prizes to lottery players.
Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has
contributed $18 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public
education in Texas.
As authorized by the Texas
Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including
the Fund for Veterans Assistance. Since the first veterans themed
scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed
more than $52 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.
The Texas Lottery provides several
entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega
Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing, Texas Two Step®,
Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash Five®, Texas Triple Chance and
scratch ticket games.
For more information visit us on
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org.
MEDIA CONTACT: Media Relations,
512-344-5131, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Texas Lottery.
Celebrates One Year Anniversary with a Cash Giveaway for WyoLotto
CHEYENNE, Wyoming (March 14, 2016)
Its the one year anniversary of Cowboy Draw this week.
WyoLotto CEO Jon Clontz said, Its hard to believe a year
has passed since Cowboy Draw was launched. Were all extremely proud of
the game and its success, and Wyoming seems to love Cowboy Draw as
Cowboy Draw made history when it was
launched in March 2015 as the first lottery game sold only in Wyoming. Since
then, the games popularity has grown with a wagon train of $1,000 winners
and multiple jackpot wins, including a record-setting $1.8 million dollar
jackpot in February.
Commemorating the March 15, 2015
launch of Cowboy Draw, WyoLotto players are invited to enter the Cowboy Draw,
Cowboy Draw contest by drawing a cowboy and submitting a picture of themselves
with their drawing to WyoLottos Facebook page.
What better way to
celebrate the games anniversary than to give players across the state a
chance to win and have fun with the Cowboy Draw, Cowboy Draw contest.
Daily $200 winners will be selected
every weekday from March 16 through March 23. And, on March 24, a $1,000 grand
prize winner will be randomly selected from all contest entries, even if
theyve already won a daily prize.
Entries will be accepted between
March 15, 2016 at 10 a.m. MST and March 22, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. MST.
Players can visit the WyoLotto
Facebook page for more information and to play.
Players can follow the jackpot
amounts for all three games playable in Wyoming by stopping by a local
retailer, or by visiting the WyoLotto website. Games available in Wyoming
include Mega Millions, Powerball, and Cowboy Draw.
With tickets sold only in Wyoming,
Cowboy Draw gives WyoLotto players higher chances of winning prizes.
Cowboy Draw is a draw game similar to Powerball and Mega Millions.
Players choose two sets of five
numbers ranging from 1 to 45. A player who correctly matches all five numbers
is the jackpot winner. Players who correctly match four, three, and two numbers
also win cash prizes of $1,000, $20, and $5, respectively.
Each $5 ticket provides two chances
to win. The weekly drawings for Cowboy Draw will be held every Monday and
Thursday at 2 p.m. MST. The jackpot starts at $250,000 and keeps growing until
About Wyoming Lottery
The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a
corporate business entity established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative
session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead.
The corporation operates as a
private business and does not employ state employees or use state tax money.
State law requires the first $6
million of Lottery revenue to be distributed to cities, towns and counties
based on Wyoming's sales tax formula. Any additional earnings will be deposited
into the state's Permanent Land Fund's Common School Account.
SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery
Zealands Focus on Responsible Gaming Internationally
Press Release: New Zealand
Government, Hon Peter Dunne, Minister of Internal Affairs
NEW ZEALAND (March 15, 2016) --
Internal Affairs Minister Hon Peter Dunne today announced that Lotto New
Zealand has received the highest possible international recognition for its
continued focus on providing a safe gaming environment.
Lotto New Zealands responsible
gaming programme has been officially certified as best practice by the World
Lottery Association under its Responsible Gaming Framework.
Lotto New Zealand provides
safe lottery and gaming products that allow New Zealanders to play and win
while contributing money back to the community. In doing so, Lotto New Zealand
provides a gaming environment that encourages responsible play and continues to
improve the information, support and services provided to players,
says Mr Dunne.
Under the World Lottery
Associations (WLA) Responsible Gaming Framework there are four possible
levels of accreditation, with Level 4 being the highest level and denoting
international best practice.
Lotto New Zealand is one of just
four lotteries in the Asia Pacific region to receive the highest level of
certification for its responsible gaming programme. On-going work to
continuously improve its practice has elevated Lotto NZs responsible
gaming programme from Level 2 in 2009, and Level 3 in 2014.
In 2015, Lotto New Zealand
transferred almost $200 million to the Lottery Grants Board for community
purposes. Lottery funding is a major source of funding for Sport New Zealand,
Creative New Zealand, and the New Zealand Film Commission, as well as more than
3,000 community organisations every year.
Millions of New Zealanders
play Lotto every week, while at the same time making a valuable contribution to
community groups that help foster and sustain the New Zealand way of life
through a wide array of sporting, cultural and heritage activities in our
communities. Lotto NZ is to be congratulated for receiving this international
recognition that endorses its operations as best practice, says Mr
About the World Lottery
Association (WLA): The WLA is a member-based organisation that sets the
international benchmark for responsible gaming. The WLA represents over 300
members and associate members from over 90 countries on five continents. WLA
membership is exclusive and requires adherence to a responsible gaming code of
The WLAs Responsible Gaming
Framework: To obtain certification, member lotteries submit their responsible
gaming programmes for review by an Independent Assessment Panel made up of
international experts from the field of corporate social responsibility.
Each programme is assessed on 10
core elements: research, employee education, retailer training and support,
game design, online gaming, advertising and marketing, player education,
treatment referral, stakeholder engagement, and reporting and measurement.
Level 4 certification demonstrates
accepted international best practice with robust evidence of Lotto NZs
commitment to continuous improvement.
SOURCE: New Zealand Government, Hon
Peter Dunne, Minister of Internal Affairs.
Launch Suite of New KENO On-Demand Games Enhancing User Experience and Boosting
Lottery Bottom Line
Instant KENO, Instant
KENO Multiplier and FuzzBall KENO are now General Available for lotteries
providing interactive services.
LUXEMBOURG (March 13, 2016)
NeoGames S.A.R.L. (NeoGames), a leading provider of complete
iLottery solutions to regulated national and state lotteries, has released a
new suite of online KENO on-demand games, adding exciting new gaming
experiences to the successful category of KENO games released last
We conducted a
comprehensive study of online lottery players and learned that the existing
KENO solutions available, requiring players to wait for the next KENO, simply
do not meet the expectations and needs of todays online
players, NeoGames CEO Ilan Rosen said.
The compelling visual
elements, highly personalized gaming experience, and above all immediacy of our
new Keno games attract and hold player interest, significantly increasing
This innovative KENO-on-demand
approach is fully embodied in our newest offerings. Instant KENO and Instant
KENO Multiplier deliver visually compelling high-speed action, yet that give
the player new levels of control over the experience.
FuzzBall KENO adds to fun and appeal
-- and to the addressable market -- with heart-tugging irresistible
fuzzball-creature playing pieces with adorably expressive faces. The new games
have been greeted with considerable market success, generating close to a third
of online sales in initial launches by some of our lottery customers.
NeoGames announced that it has plans
to further expand the KENO on-Demand category with additional intriguing and
engaging games that will be unveiled later this year, together with new
developments across its entire portfolio of more than 250 proven games.
About NeoGames S.A.R.L
NeoGames is a leading iLottery
software and service provider. For more than a decade, NeoGames iLottery
360 solution has boosted lottery success with the widest portfolio of
market-proven games across all online devices, a comprehensive back-office
platform, and a complete set of player operational services.
NeoGames tailored solutions
best fit each lottery customer to generate maximum revenues from its
interactive offering. In August 2015, William Hill PLC (WLH Lon), one of
the worlds top betting and gaming companies, employing more than 16,000
people, acquired 29% of NeoGames shares to advance its iLottery strategy,
expansion and innovation.
Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Release
February 2016 Index
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 10, 2016) -
The AGEM Index reported positive growth in February 2016 after falling 8.86
points in January 2016. The composite index stood at 197.00 at the close of the
month, which represents an increase of 8.54 points, or 4.5 percent, when
compared to January 2016.
The AGEM Index reported a
year-over-year increase for the fifth consecutive month, rising 4.29 points, or
2.2 percent, when compared to February 2015.
During the latest period, eight of
the 14 global gaming equipment manufacturers reported month-to-month gains in
stock price, with two up by more than 50 percent and another up by more than 40
Of the six manufacturers reporting
declines in stock price during the month, only one was down by more than 10
The broader stock markets
experienced continued volatility and lackluster performances in February.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average
reported a modest increase month-to-month, rising 0.3 percent to 16,516.50.
Meanwhile, the S&P 500 and
NASDAQ both reported month-to-month declines in February. The S&P 500 fell
0.4 percent to 1,932.23, while NASDAQ declined 1.2 percent to 4,557.95.
Selected positive contributors to
the February 2016 AGEM Index included the following:
With a stock price of $8.51 (+43.8
percent), Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) contributed 3.69 points.
- Konami Corp. (9766) reported a stock price of
¥2,739 (-1.0 percent) and contributed 1.47 points (changes in foreign
currency exchange rates between periods impacted the composite score).
- Astro Corp. (3064) contributed 1.16 points, due to
a 109.2-percent increase in stock price to NT$41.00.
Selected negative contributors
included the following:
- With a stock price of $7.07 (-12.0 percent),
Daktronics, Inc. (DAKT) contributed negative 0.43 points.
- INTRALOT S.A. (INLOT) contributed negative 0.13
points, due to a 5.0-percent decline in stock price to EUR 1.13.
In the past month, a number of
gaming equipment manufacturers released their financial results for the period
ending December 31, 2015. Additional releases are expected in the coming weeks.
Selected company highlights are noted below.
Ainsworth Game Technology (AGI)
reported revenue of AU$141.9 million for the six months ending December 31,
2015. The latest period represents a 26.8-percent increase when compared to the
six months ending December 31, 2014.
Domestic revenue (Australia), which
accounts for 35.4 percent of total revenue was AU$50.3 million, representing a
decline of 6.0 percent from a year ago.
Meanwhile, international revenue,
which accounts for the remaining 64.6 percent of total revenue reported an
annual gain of 56.8 percent, rising to AU$91.6 million. Gains in international
revenue were attributable to a 42-percent increase in North America to AU$43.0
million, which was driven by strong performances in California and new markets
in Idaho, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, Maryland and West Virginia.
Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS)
completed its merger with Bally Technologies in November 2014. The following
represents the company's actual results for 2015 and pro forma results for the
In the fourth quarter of 2015,
Scientific Games reported revenues of $737.0 million, which represents a gain
of 4.2 percent compared to the prior year.
The product sales segment reported
the greatest annual increase in revenues during the period, rising 8.5 percent
to $252.0 million. Services followed with a gain of 2.5 percent to $343.0
million, while the instant games segment reported revenue growth of 1.0 percent
and increased to $142.0 million.
Despite the gain in fourth quarter
revenue, Scientific Games' revenue fell 6.4 percent in 2015 to $2.8 billion.
Services revenue increased 7.4
percent during the year to $1.4 billion, while instant games revenue rose 2.1
percent to $544.0 million. However, these gains were offset by a 25.3-percent
decline in product sales revenue to $863.0 million.
Agilysys (AGYS) reported revenue of
$31.3 million in the company's fiscal third quarter of 2016, representing a
26.5-percent increase over the same period of the previous year. Product
revenue was a key driver of the revenue gains, increasing 64.5 percent
year-over-year to $11.9 million.
Hardware replacement sales as well
as increased new logo hardware sales were important facets in product revenue
With a gain in customer installation
and implementation projects, professional services revenue increased 25.5
percent to $4.5 million.
Support, maintenance and
subscription services revenue increased 7.0 percent year-over-year in the
latest period, rising to $14.9 million.
While selected gaming suppliers
reported positive results in a number of areas, it will be important to monitor
the balance of the sector to provide additional insight.
The AGEM Index
The Association of Gaming Equipment
Manufacturers (AGEM) produces the monthly AGEM Index that comprises 14 global
gaming suppliers throughout the world.
A total of 9 suppliers are based in
the United States and are listed on the NYSE, Nasdaq or OTC market, while two
trade on the Australian exchange, one supplier trades on the Athens exchange,
one on the Tokyo exchange, and another trades on the Taiwan OTC exchange.
The index is computed based on the
month-end stock price (adjusted for dividends and splits) of each company and
weighted based on approximation of market capitalization.
Market capitalizations for
manufacturers trading on foreign exchanges have been converted to US
dollar-equivalents as of month-end for comparability purposes. The AGEM Index
is based on a 100-point value as of January 2005.
AGEM is an international trade
association representing manufacturers of electronic gaming devices, systems,
lotteries, and components for the gaming industry.
The Association works to further the
interests of gaming equipment manufacturers throughout the world.
Through political action, tradeshow
partnerships, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the
members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the
Together, AGEM and its member
organizations have assisted regulatory commissions and participated in the
legislative process to solve problems and create a positive business
The AGEM index and overview is
prepared by Applied Analysis (AA). AA is a Nevada-based advisory services firm
providing consultation services for public and private entities.
The company utilizes extensive
experience in economics, information technology and finance to provide a wide
range of services, including urban economic consulting, financial advisory
services, market analysis, public policy analysis, hospitality industry and
gaming consulting, and information system and technology consulting.
More information about AGEM and its
growing worldwide membership is available at http://agem.org.
For More Information, CONTACT:
Marcus Prater, Executive Director, : 702.812.6932.
SOURCE: The Association of Gaming
Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM).
Modernises the Swisslos Gaming Platform
DORTMUND, Germany (March 16, 2016)
The Swiss lottery company Swisslos has completely relaunched its web
presence and optimised its websites for the mobile use. The IT service provider
adesso AG took over the technical part of the relaunch.
Since the go-live of the new online
gaming platform www.swisslos.ch users can enjoy its simple and modern design.
The new website is responsive in order to display its content not only
optimised for desktop PCs but also for tablets and smartphones. Gamers can now
place their sports betting and lottery games online from no matter where they
are. The website is available in German, French and Italian language.
The adesso experts implemented the
new layout which was designed by Swiss agency ZEIX and comprehensively
modernised the technological basis of the platform. The applied content
management system (CMS) FirstSpirit 3.1 was updated to its current version 5.1.
In order to map the lottery companys organisational structure to the CMS
workflows, adesso migrated all technical processes to the new technological
"adessos CMS expertise and
their deep understanding of the lottery-specific requirements decisively added
to successfully realizing this important project, says Daniel Luder,
Head of Development at Swisslos. "Implementing our modern and responsive
gaming platform, which offers our users a mobile gaming experience, adesso was
a very reliable and competent partner.
For more than 15 years now, adesso
has shown successful commitment to lottery customers across Europe. The IT
service provider offers a wide portfolio of solutions and consulting services
and supports in designing and implementing all necessary processes of lottery
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. adessos 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 1,600 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:
Stockholmer Allee 20
SOURCE: adesso AG.
Lottery Operator Lotto Baden-Württemberg Chooses Morphos ELITE
PARIS, France (March 17, 2016) --
The German lottery operator Lotto Baden-Württemberg has selected Morpho
(Safran) to supply 3,600 lottery terminals including lottery application, a
terminal management system and services over 10 years.
Under the contract, Morpho will
deliver its latest ELITE lottery terminal, using innovative imaging technology
which offers high efficiency, reliability and user-friendliness for
The ELITE terminal includes new
features such as the ability to create original play slips, in new shapes and
The competitive selection process
conducted by Lotto Baden-Württemberg highlighted the advantages of the
ELITE terminal, which include enhanced services such as the management of ID
documents and fingerprint authentication of retailers. The software supplied
with these terminals as well as the terminal management system will be
developed in partnership with Lotsys, a subsidiary of the French lottery
operator, la Française des Jeux.
We thank Lotto
Baden-Württemberg for their renewed vote of confidence, said
Samuel Fringant, EVP of Morphos Security Division. This contract
further strengthens the longstanding relationship between our two
Managing Director of Lotto
Baden-Württemberg Marion Caspers-Merk added: After careful
consideration we chose Morpho's ELITE gaming terminals. The new technology
offers many possibilities from which our sales partners and customers will
profit. We are very pleased with this cooperation.
To date, more than 34,000
operational units of the ELITE terminal have been deployed with customer
feedback indicating high levels of satisfaction from retailers. An additional
quantity of 10,000 units will be delivered to different customers throughout
Europe in the coming months.
Lotto Baden-Württemberg already
has a long working relationship with Morpho, which supplies their existing
terminals. By choosing Morpho to upgrade their lottery terminals, Lotto
Baden-Württemberg has renewed their trust in Morphos advanced gaming
Morpho (Safran) is a global leader
in identity and security solutions for an increasingly digital and connected
world. We employ more than 8,700 people in 57 countries and generated revenues
of nearly 1.9 billion in 2015. Backed by more than 40 years of experience
in biometrics, our unique expertise lies in developing innovative technologies
for a wide range of markets and applications for people, governments and
business. Morpho contributes to managing identities, protecting borders,
detecting threats, supporting law enforcement and providing trusted on-line
transactions and services.
Our solutions protect identities,
ensure safety and safeguard privacy, for easier everyday lives.
For more information:
@Safran_Morpho on Twitter
Press CONTACT: Morpho, Pierre-Yves
Roger, Phone: +33 15811 8958, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE: Morpho press release.
Szrek2Solutions Trusted Draw and Trusted
Audit Systems Selected by Iowa Lottery
RHODE Island, USA (February 2016) --
Szrek2Solutions announced that it has been selected by the Iowa Lottery
Authority to provide equipment that will be used for the Lotterys
Szrek2Solutions signed a license and
service agreement with Iowa Lottery to deliver Trusted Draw and Trusted
Audit Systems as well as technical support services to ensure secure and
transparent electronic drawings for the Iowa Lottery.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said
that the Lottery took note of the ease with which it could interface with
Szrek2Solutions equipment as well as the reporting features that the
proposal aligned well with the details in the Lotterys request for
proposals for drawing equipment, Rich said.
REF. NO.: 1138-16
|CONSULTING FOR RETAIL
BRANDING AND DESIGN
|Sealed proposals will be received at 125 Garry
Street, 10th Floor, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4J1, until 4:00 p.m. Central
Standard Time (CST) Friday April 8, 2016 for Consulting for Retail Branding and
Written requests for this RFP package, should be forwarded by
email to the WCLC Purchasing Department at:
Canada Lottery Corp. shall have the right not to accept the lowest, or any
Proposal, and reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject any and all
proposals, or to cancel this competition at any time, without prejudice to any
The Trusted Draw System will
be used by the Lottery to select winners in its Play It Again® promotional
drawings. Before each draw, second-chance ticket and player information will be
entered into the Trusted Draw System which will generate draw outcomes.
The draw technology used allows for the verification of draw integrity by the
independent Trusted Audit System.
Szrek2Solutions is providing the
Lottery with a secure and reliable platform for random numbers generation (RNG)
for drawings in lottery and raffle games, utilizing its unique patented RNG
method with fraud detection.
Based on the asymmetric properties
of digital signatures, where a private key is used as a random number seed and
derivative random numbers are verified using the public key, the method gives
lotteries full transparency for the draw process.
All generated numbers are random,
unbiased, and cannot be predicted. For digital signing, Trusted Draw uses
a tamper evident NIST certified HSM (Hardware Security Module), which ensures
ultimate RNG security with the confirmation of every draw, its time, the
generated numbers, and the hardware used for the draw.
The Szrek2Solutions RNG has
been certified by several independent U.S. and international labs and has been
used successfully since 2005 by numerous lottery operators and state licensed
lotteries in the world, including Danske Spil in Denmark, Lottomatica and Sisal
in Italy, Texas Lottery, Oregon Lottery and IGT in the United States and in
In addition to Trusted Draw
and Trusted Audit, Szrek2Solutions Product Suite includes also
Trusted Play, a high performance RNG server for generating outcomes for
e-instant games and multiplayer games, Trusted Transactions for securing
lottery transactions, and Trusted Ticket for authenticating lottery
Szrek2Solutions LLC is a private,
international product and service supplier based in Rhode Island, USA,
dedicated to providing secure solutions for the gaming industry.
For more information, please visit:
Sports Betting Operator Fortuna Entertainment Group (FEG) Announce Preliminary
Unaudited Financial Results for 2015
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (March 9,
2016) -- Fortuna Entertainment Group N.V., the leading Central European
fixed-odds betting operator present in the markets of Poland, the Czech
Republic and Slovakia, announces its preliminary unaudited consolidated
financial results for the fiscal year to 31 December 2015, prepared according
to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
- Total Amounts Staked in 2015 increased by 26.1% to
EUR 847.7 million
- On-line Sports Betting Gross Win in 2015 increased
by 26.4% to EUR 84.7 million
- Total EBITDA amounted to EUR 27.2 million down 2.1%
- Net profit in 2015 increased by 22.5% to EUR 19.5
million impacted by deferred tax one-off
We are pleased to report on
strong profitable growth for the full year 2015 despite the absence of big
sport events as well as the abolishment of the online handling fee in Slovakia.
Fortuna accepted total bets in the amount of EUR 847.7 million, which is 26.1%
more than last year. Despite the continuous margin pressure, our strong
performance in the third and the fourth quarters of 2015 impacted positively
also our Gross Win that went up by 11.2% to EUR 147.4 million. The main driver
of our performance was expansion of online sports betting and in particular
mobile sports betting in all Fortuna´s markets, as well as our focus on
operational excellence and solid margins, said Per Widerstrom, CEO
and Chairman of the Management Board of Fortuna Entertainment Group.
Fortuna recorded in 2015 a total
Amounts Staked figure of EUR 847.7 million, 26.1% more than in 2014, according
to the preliminary unaudited financial results. The Amount Staked from sports
betting reached EUR 828.0 million, 26.3% more than in 2014 on the back of
strong performance in all countries where Fortuna operates and despite the
absence of major sporting events last year. Amounts Staked from lottery bets in
2015 totalled to EUR 19.7 million, 17.8% increase yoy, driven by growth of both
scratch cards and numerical lottery segments.
In 2015, total Gross Win reached EUR
147.4 million, an increase of 11.2% compared with 2014. Gross Win from sports
betting equalled EUR 138.7 million, a 10.9% increase yoy. Of which, Gross Win
from on-line betting in 2015 increased to EUR 84.7 million, a substantial gain
of 26.4% over 2014. On-line betting expansion was supported by popularity of
live betting and especially mobile. Also, on-line betting growth
was accelerated by the abolishment of on-line handling fee in Slovakia as well
as by start of prosecution of players playing with offshore operators in
Poland. Gross Win from retail betting in 2015 amounted to EUR 54 million, a
7.0% decrease from the previous year. Gross Win from lottery was EUR 8.7
million (+15.5% yoy) growing both on the scratch cards as well as numerical
Total consolidated EBITDA recorded
in 2015 was EUR 27.2 million, down 2.1% yoy. If adjusted by one-off impact from
VAT claim in Poland which had impact on 2014 EBITDA, the year-on-year change in
the EBITDA would be zero. EBITDA from sports betting reached EUR 26.3 million,
4.1% less than previous year. EBITDA from lottery was EUR 0.9 million, up
In 2015 the Company recorded Net
Profit for the period of EUR 19.5 million, 22.5% more than in the previous
year. If adjusted by the deferred tax income in Poland, Net Profit for the
period would be EUR 16.0 million.
Selected financial indicators
|| FY 2014
|| FY 2015
|| % change
| Amounts Staked
| Sports betting
| Gross Win
| Sports betting
| Sports betting¹
| Adjusted EBITDA²
| Net Profit for the Year
| Adjusted Net Profit for
 2014 adjusted by on-line account top-ups which were
previously booked in the finance costs
 Adjusted by one-off VAT claim in Poland by EUR 0.6
million in 2014
3 Adjusted by deferred tax income
from the Group reorganisation in Poland in 2015
CONTACT: Petr rain, PR
manager, Spokesperson, Tel.: +420 267 218 195, Mobil: +420 739 607 527, E-mail:
SOURCE: Fortuna Entertainment
Report Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Results
MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (March 14,
2016) Amaya Inc. (NASDAQ: AYA; TSX: AYA) today reported financial
results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015 and provided a
performance update for the first two months of 2016. Unless otherwise noted,
all dollar ($) amounts are in Canadian dollars.
Throughout 2015 we
successfully executed on our strategy of diversifying our operations while
maintaining market dominance in poker, said David Baazov, Amaya
Chairman and CEO. Despite significant foreign exchange and product
rollout challenges, we achieved positive growth on a constant currency basis
and, through investments and initiatives that will continue through 2016, have
laid the foundation for becoming a leader across multiple gaming
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015
Financial Summary (1)
(1) For important information on
Amayas non-IFRS measures, see below under Non-IFRS and Non-U.S.
GAAP Measures and the tables under Reconciliation of Non-IFRS
Measures to Nearest IFRS Measures. Adjusted Net Earnings and Adjusted Net
Earnings per Diluted Share should be considered as the same measures as
Pro-Forma Adjusted Net Earnings and Pro-Forma Adjusted Net Earnings per Diluted
Share used in Amayas previously announced full year 2015 financial
guidance; provided, that the number of Diluted Shares used in this release for
2015 and 2014 is 211 million and 206 million, respectively (the number of
Diluted Shares used in Amayas previously announced full-year 2015
financial guidance was 208 million). Unless otherwise noted, all 2014 figures
assume that the acquisition of Amayas B2C business occurred as of January
1, 2014 and the sale of Amayas former B2B business occurred as of
December 31, 2013. For the full year 2014, actual IFRS revenues were $553.67
million, net earnings from continuing operations were $98.18 million and
diluted earnings from continuing operations per common share were $0.71
(2) The foreign exchange rate used
in this release and Amayas audited consolidated financial statements for
the full year 2015 was $1.2785 to US$1.0000 whereas the foreign exchange rate
used in Amayas previously announced full year 2015 financial guidance was
$1.2600 to US$1.0000.
Fourth Quarter 2015 and Other
Foreign Exchange and Other Impacts
on Revenues - Excluding the impact of year-over-year changes in foreign
exchange rates, total revenues for the quarter and full year would have
increased by 12% and 15%, respectively, and real-money online revenues for the
quarter and full year would have increased by 13% and 15%, respectively. On
such constant currency basis and excluding the levy of certain value added
taxes (VAT) introduced in certain European Union jurisdictions in 2015 and the
previously reported suspension or impairment of real-money operations in
Portugal, Greece and certain other jurisdictions, total revenues for the
quarter and full year would have increased by 16% and 19%, respectively, and
real-money online revenues for the quarter and full year would have increased
by 17% and 19%, respectively. Approximately US$6.8 million of revenues
for the quarter and full year were the result of accounting adjustments for
certain offsets to gross gaming revenue.
Operating Segment Revenues -
Real-money online poker revenues and real-money online casino and sportsbook
combined revenues represented approximately 78% and 17% of total revenues for
the quarter, respectively, as compared to 93% and 3%, respectively, for the
fourth quarter of 2014. Other offerings, including social and play-money
gaming, live poker events, branded poker rooms and daily fantasy sports, and
other nominal sources of revenue are aggregated into other revenues, which
comprise the remaining portion of total revenues for the periods.
Adjusted Net Leverage Ratio -
Adjusted Net Leverage Ratio at December 31, 2015 was 5.07.
Debt During the year Amaya
reduced total long-term debt from approximately US$3.156 billion with a
weighted average interest rate of 6.38% to approximately US$2.587 billion with
a weighted average interest rate of 5%. Amaya expects interest and debt
principal payments to be approximately US$173 million in 2016.
Fourth Quarter 2015 Operational
Customer Registrations - Aggregate
customer registrations increased by 1.99 million to approximately 99 million at
the end of 2015 and currently exceed 100 million.
Quarterly Real-Money Active Uniques
(QAUs) Total combined QAUs were 2.4 million, a decrease of approximately
2.3% year-over-year, and PokerStars only QAUs were 2.3 million, an increase of
approximately 0.6% year-over-year. Excluding the impact of the suspension or
impairment of certain real-money operations noted above, total combined QAUs
would have increased approximately 0.9%, and PokerStars only QAUs would have
increased approximately 4.1%.
Approximately 95% of total combined
QAUs played on PokerStars. Amaya estimates that its emerging online casino
offerings are already among the worlds fastest growing and have one of
the largest player bases among its competitors.
Quarterly Net Yield (QNY)
Total QNY was $153, an increase of 16.8% year-over-year. Total QNY on a U.S.
dollar basis was US$113, a decrease of 2.4% year-over-year. Excluding the
impact of year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates, total QNY was
US$134, an increase of 15.2% year-over-year.
On such constant currency basis and
excluding the levy of certain VAT and the suspension or impairment of certain
real-money operations noted above, total QNY on a U.S. dollar basis increased
by 13.5% year-over-year.
2016 Performance Update
Revenues For the first two
months of 2016, Amaya estimates that unaudited consolidated revenues were
approximately US$189 million, representing an increase of approximately 4% over
the same period of 2015. Of such revenues, 75% was attributable to real-money
online poker estimated revenues and 21% was attributable to real-money online
casino and sportsbook combined estimated revenues. Excluding the impact of
year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates, Amaya estimates that such
revenues were approximately US$208 million, representing an increase of
approximately 14% over the same period of 2015.
2016 Guidance As previously
announced, the Special Committee of the Board of Directors determined, in
consultation with the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, that in view
of the potential offer to acquire Amaya that may be forthcoming from Mr.
Baazov, and the fact that the Special Committees financial advisor and
the independent valuator have commenced their review process, it would be
inappropriate for Amaya to provide guidance with respect to its 2016 financial
performance at this time. An analysis of managements forecast of
Amayas financial performance will be part of the valuators work,
and its report, which would include certain forecast information, would be made
public as part of any disclosure document relating to an offer, if any, from
Mr. Baazov. Amaya is not otherwise precluded from providing 2016
financial guidance in the future.
Annual Information Form, Financial
Statements, Managements Discussion and Analysis and Additional
Amayas annual information
form, audited consolidated financial statements and managements
discussion and analysis for the three-month period and year ended December 31,
2015, as well as additional information relating to Amaya and its business, can
be found on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, Edgar at www.sec.gov and Amayas
website at www.amaya.com.
In addition to press releases,
securities filings and public conference calls and webcasts, Amaya intends to
use its investor relations page on its website as a means of disclosing
material information to its investors and others and for complying with its
disclosure obligations under applicable securities laws. Accordingly, investors
and others should monitor the website in addition to following Amayas
press releases, securities filings and public conference calls and webcasts.
This list may be updated from time to time.
Amaya is a leading provider of
technology-based products and services in the global gaming and interactive
entertainment industries. Amaya owns gaming and related consumer businesses and
brands including PokerStars, Full Tilt, BetStars, StarsDraft, the European
Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour and the
Asia Pacific Poker Tour. These brands have more than 100 million cumulative
registered customers globally and collectively form the largest poker business
in the world, comprising online poker games and tournaments, live poker
competitions, branded poker rooms in popular casinos in major cities around the
world, and poker programming created for television and online audiences.
Amaya, through certain of these brands, also offers non-poker gaming products,
including casino, sportsbook and daily fantasy sports. Amaya has various gaming
and gaming-related licenses or approvals throughout the world, including from
the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, Estonia, Belgium, Denmark, Bulgaria,
Greece, Ireland, Romania, the Isle of Man, Malta, the State of
Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario in Canada,
and the State of New Jersey in the United States.
For investor relations
For media inquiries
SOURCE: Amaya (www.amaya.com).
Madness Betting To Total $9.2 Billion This Year
WASHINGTON, DC (March 14, 2016)
With the NCAA mens basketball tournament about to tip off, the
American Gaming Association (AGA) is estimating that Americans will wager $9.2
billion on March Madness this year. The number marks an increase from 2015,
when fans and casual observers alike bet $9 billion, through office pools,
Nevada sports books, illicit offshore sites and illegal bookies.
The total number of brackets
Americans will complete more than 70 million this year will
likely surpass the number of ballots voters cast for Donald Trump, Hillary
Clinton or any other single presidential candidate in the November election.
In 2012, 65 million Americans voted
for President Obama while 61 million voted for Mitt Romney. No presidential
candidate has ever received 70 million votes. (Obama came closest when he
received 69 million votes in 2008.)
Americans passion for
betting fuels the unmatched popularity of March Madness, said Geoff
Freeman, AGA president and CEO.
Betting increasingly drives
sports fansand even casual observersto invest in the tournament,
offering further evidence that sports betting is the new national pastime.
Its time for a fresh, rational approach to sports betting that reflects
In a sign of how Americans embrace
sports betting, President Obama fills out brackets on ESPN in the Oval Office
each year ahead of the tournament. The President also said after this
years Super Bowl that I call the winning team to congratulate
them. And sometimes I call the losing team, especially if I bet on
AGA released research last year
found that 40 million people fill out brackets; the average person completes
nearly two brackets; the average bet per bracket totals $29; and that half of
all March Madness viewers have filled out a bracket at least once in their
Of the $9.2 billion that will be
wagered this year, only about $262 million will be bet legally at Nevada sports
books. The total illegal sports betting market in the United States grew to
$148.8 billion in 2015.
In a major shift last November
following months of study and deliberation by AGA and its members, the casino
gaming industry announced its intent to study the implications of current law
and to build a coalition to determine if rational, legal alternatives exist.
In the large and growing illegal
sports betting market, consumer protections are non-existent and law
enforcement lack tools to protect the integrity of games.
AGA has launched a new website
dedicated to this effort that serves as the hub of its campaign to educate and
inform stakeholders and allies. The site includes up-to-date news, research and
information on this dynamic issue.
The American Gaming Association is
the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S. casino
industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states.
AGA members include commercial and
tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the
It is the mission of the AGA to be
the single most effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting
against harmful and often misinformed public policies, and paving a pathway for
growth, innovation and reinvestment.
SOURCE: The American Gaming
Commission Executive Level Changes Help Put Consumers at Heart of
BIRMINGHAM, U.K (March 14, 2016) --
Changes have been made to portfolios at executive level in the Gambling
Commission; the key changes are designed to:
- Give greater emphasis to the role that the Gambling
Commission plays to promote and protect consumers interests in both
commercial gambling markets and the National Lottery.
- Ensure sufficient focus on analysis and evidence.
The Gambling Commission is an evidence-led regulator. We produce regular public
data on industry trends and consumer participation. This helps shape policy on
gambling in Britain, as well as informing regulatory decisions.
- Look to market, technology and consumer
developments, for example the increasingly digital and mobile-led dimension to
the National Lottery and commercial gambling, and take account of these changes
in future regulatory approaches.
- Maintain a strong focus on effective engagement
with industry sectors; on shared regulation with local authorities in England,
Scotland and Wales, and, in an international gambling market, on partnerships
with regulators in other jurisdictions.
- Build on the Commissions expertise, its ways
of working and communications to ensure regulation is effective and efficient
for the future.
The changes in Executive level
portfolios take effect from 1 April 2016 and are illustrated in an
In April, we will also publish our
business and financial plan for 16/17. This will be followed later in the
financial year by a process to develop a new forward strategy for the
CONTACT: press office on 0121 230
6700 or email: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Gambling Commission.
Lottery Goes Live in Asia Via ONEWorks
LONDON, U.K. (March 11, 2016) --
Adding to extensive distribution for their lotto-sized sports pools in Europe,
Australia and most recently Africa, Colossus Bets today announced the launch of
the first operator to go live offering Colossus Football
Lottery in Asia through its regional partner ONEWorks.
Headlined by the weekly $10,000,000
Colossus, a further series of ONEworks licensees will go live in the
coming months, following this weeks release of a flagship licensee, with
the worlds biggest sports jackpots for their Asian customer bases.
Bernard Marantelli, CEO of Colossus
Bets, said, On the back of prominent partners in Europe, Australia and
Africa, adding the power base of ONEworks is an important milestone for
Colossus Bets. ONEworks extensive list of Asian licensees will help drive
growth into our pools and our momentum as a company.
Life-changing jackpots on
top-tier football with leg-by-leg cash-out is quickly becoming an essential
component for any operator seeking to provide its players with the full suite
of gaming products. ONEworks is Asias leading provider of sportsbook
software services and the addition of our football jackpots to their platform
will help cement ONEworks position as a one stop shop.
While the ONEworks release in Asia
has been in production for many months, this news follows a flurry of B2B
activity that has seen Colossus Bets contract with eight new partners in the
four weeks since ICE. Separately the firm is focusing on the arrival of three
major new operators who are scheduled to be live with its pools in time for the
Euro 2016 tournament where Colossus Bets will offer over $70,000,000 of
guaranteed pools on that tournament alone.
With rapidly increasing distribution
across the globe, Colossus is edging towards its goal of offering a
$40,000,000+ pool and becoming the EuroMillions for sports betting.
SOURCE: Colossus Bets Press
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Opens Entry for Four Rare
Bourbons in Limited-Release Lotteries
56 bottles available;
deadline for entry is March 19
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (March 14,
2016) -- The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) will hold its first
Limited-Release Lotteries of 2016 on March 23, offering 56 bottles of four
bourbons for sale to lottery winners.
Pennsylvania residents have until
11:00 PM Saturday, March 19, to opt in to one or all of three separate
lotteries, which feature the following products:
- Lottery One features six bottles (five for
individual consumers, one for licensees) of John E. Fitzgerald Bourbon VS
Reserve 20 Year Old 90 Proof. Each 375 milliliter bottle of this
ultra-rare bourbon comprised of 12 barrels of wheated bourbon produced
at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Kentucky costs $299.99.
- Lottery Two features two Buffalo Trace Experimental
Collection Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbons:
- Ten 375 milliliter bottles
(eight for individual consumers, two for licensees) of Buffalo Trace
Experimental Collection Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon 105 Entry Proof for
- Ten 375 milliliter bottles (eight for individual consumers,
two for licensees) of Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection Old Fashioned Sour
Mash Bourbon 125 Entry Proof, also for $48.49 each.
Distilled in May 2002, the Old
Fashioned Sour Mash experiment used Buffalo Trace's proprietary mash. The
bourbon was cooked and cooled, then the mash was allowed to sour before yeast
was added to start fermentation.
Separate drawings within Lottery Two
will be conducted for each of these limited-release whiskeys, and lottery
participants may opt into one or both drawings. Purchase is limited to one
bottle per Lottery, so if a participant wins a bottle in the first drawing,
that entry will be removed from the pool of eligible entries for the second
Lottery Three features 30 750
milliliter bottles (23 for individual consumers, 7 for licensees) of Abraham
Bowman High Rye 100 Proof for $69.99 each. This bourbon was aged for seven
years, nine months in Virginia and is part of a series of limited edition
whiskies named after Abraham Bowman, commander of the Eighth Virginia Regiment
in the Revolutionary War.
Individual consumers and licensees
interested in entering one or more lotteries must be registered customers at
www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com with billing information on file through Quick
These lotteries are open to
Pennsylvania residents and licensees age 21 or older who provide both a
verifiable Pennsylvania billing address and a Fine Wine & Good Spirits
store address at registration. Any registrant with a billing address that can't
be verified as a Pennsylvania address will be removed from the lottery.
Purchase is limited to one bottle
per household, per lottery. Entries will be vetted for duplicative names,
addresses and other information, and duplicates will be deleted from the
Lottery drawings will be witnessed
by an independent third party, and winners will be selected at random by a
Participants will be notified by
email when the lottery process is complete.
For more information and to opt in
to one or more of these lotteries, visit the Limited-Release Lottery web page
at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com, which can be found under the
The PLCB held four Limited-Release
Lotteries in 2015, awarding 2,253 bottles of Buffalo Trace, Four Roses and
Pappy Van Winkle whiskies. These four lotteries drew more than 95,000
entries and offered rare and popular products at manufacturers' suggested
retail prices, often far lower than what retailers in other states charged.
The PLCB regulates the distribution
of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits
stores statewide and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers and
retailers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage
drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups and licensees.
Taxes and store profits totaling more than $14.5 billion since the
agency's inception are returned to Pennsylvania's General Fund, and the
PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau
of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs,
other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more
information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.state.pa.us.
MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Brassell,
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Liquor
GAMING EXPO 2016
Than 9% of Exhibition Space Left, at Australasian Gaming Expo
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (February 22,
2016) -- The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) is delighted to advise that
143 exhibitors have taken exhibition stands to date at the annual Australasian
Gaming Expo, to be held on 9-11 August 2016 at Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe
With less than 751 square metres of
exhibition space remaining available, any company wishing to connect with
thousands of qualified gaming and hospitality industry decision making
executives is advised to contact Rayner Sales & Marketing on 02 9360 6177
or at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as convenient.
Fully serviced exhibition facilities
including a range of café facilities will be provided for the
Australasian Gaming Expo. Complimentary ferry services will operate from
Darling Harbour and complimentary shuttle buses will operate from Central
Station during the event.
Further information about the venue
is available at http://sydneyexhibitioncentre.com.au and further information
about the event including an exhibition floor plan is available at
www.austgamingexpo.com or from the event app which can be
downloaded free of charge from the event website, from the Apple store or
Entry is complimentary for gaming
industry executives, who can register at
www.austgamingexpo.com or call the Gaming Expo Help line on
02 9211 7430.
Trade suppliers are not eligible to
attend unless exhibiting.
Note: The Australasian Gaming Expo
is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry
Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support
bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry
venues. Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless
The Gaming Technologies
Associations primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat
Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, eBet Limited, IGT (Australia), Konami
Australia and Scientific Games.
For further information CONTACT:
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
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The NASPL Lottery Leadership
Institute is designed to develop business leaders at all organizational levels
and to bring out the very best performance in each and every employee. In this
seminar, we focus on the key issues in today's ever-changing workplace and
those that affect our industry.
Sessions are fun / interactive
and focus on:
- Self-Preservation Strategies
- Effective Communication
- Team Building and Motivating
- Change Management
This program will reinforce an
individual's leadership development through specifically designed exercises and
activities that support the leadership practice principles, concepts, and ideas
discussed during the week.
The NASPL Lottery Leadership
Seminar website is now open.
Click the link below to learn
more about the Seminar and how to register.
forward to seeing you in Cleveland, Ohio for another great event!
Registration for APLA/WLA Seminar 2016 (18 - 21 Apr) Now
"Operational Excellence - Getting
Things Done from Good to Great
18 - 21 April 2016
Sule Shangri-La Hotel
Click here (Seminar brochure) for more information on the
Click here (Seminar registration form) to register now!
The Asia Pacific Lottery Association
(APLA) and the World Lottery Association (WLA) are pleased to announce that
registration for the APLA/WLA Seminar 2016 is now open!
Operational Excellence is an
imperative, alongside the lottery industrys pressure to perform in this
highly competitive environment, to be leaner and more efficient to drive better
productivity and bottom line for stakeholders.
With the theme of "Operational
Excellence Getting Things Done from Good to Great, this Seminar is
specially put together with a different format this year.
Led by distinguished invited
speakers, its workshop format focuses on best practices and in-depth
interactive learning and sharing, which will come in useful for both emerging
and mature lottery organisations.
Each workshop will be followed up
with insightful discussions among lottery industry leaders sharing best
practices from their respective organizations. There is also a panel
comprising APLA Sponsors, most of whom are also WLA Contributors, sharing their
insights from the suppliers and partners perspectives.
This Seminar caters to both senior
and middle managerial levels, particularly those of us working in or dealing
It gives us insights into achieving
operational excellence and also exposes us to other aspects such as web
services (also known as cloud computing) and cybersecurity/cyberfraud which
will also impact operations.
Hosted by Singapore Pools, the
Seminar will be held in Sule Shangri-La Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar, a country
with unspoiled beauty and mythical allure, undergoing rapid transitions on
every front and emerging as the next travellers and investors
A definite high-point in the
networking program is a visit to the 2,600-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, one of
the oldest and most beautiful pagodas in the world.
Highlights of the seminar program
- Ms Catherine DeVrye, Best-selling Author of
8 Books, Speaker on Customer Service, Managing Change and Resilience, and past
winner of Australian Executive Woman of the Year Award
not Cost to Your Bottom Line
and Your Life
- Mr Sam Wong, Partner, Performance
Improvement, Ernst & Young Solutions
The ABCs of Activity
- Mr Peter Moore, Regional Managing Director,
Asia Pacific and Japan (Global Public Sector), Amazon Web
Using Web Services by Lotteries to Reduce Costs, Improve
Efficiency & Increase Productivity
- Mr Simon Piff, Associate Vice President,
Enterprise Infrastructure, IDC Asia/Pacific
Managing Cyber Security
in the Era of the 3rd Platform
- Mr Goh Su Gim, Senior Enterprise Cyber
Security Consultant, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
Just Security, Its Defence
We look forward to seeing you in
Yangon, Myanmar from 18 21 April, 2016.
The Seminar hotel, Sule Shangri-La,
Yangon, is offering discounted room rates specially for APLA/WLA Seminar 2016
participants and their companions. As April is a peak period for tourism
in Yangon, please make your booking early. The necessary information is
in the Seminar brochure.
SOURCE: Asia Pacific Lottery