Appoints New Director of the Arizona Lottery
PHOENIX, Arizona (March 18, 2016) --
Governor Doug Ducey has appointed Gregory Edgar director of the Arizona State
Gregory brings more than
two decades of experience in strategic communications, media relations, brand
development and management, marketing, public policy and more, said
His extensive background,
proven record of leadership and strong reputation for solving problems and
getting results will be a valuable asset to Lottery and to the administration.
Were glad to have him on the team.
Mr. Edgar is the founder of Edgar
Strategic Communications, a firm he started in 2014 that focuses on delivering
effective communications strategy and positive media positioning.
He previously served for more than
20 years as chief operating officer and senior communications strategist for
Gordon C. James Public Relations.
In this role, Mr. Edgar was
responsible for managing the firms daily operations while directing
communication campaigns for a variety of clients including Arizona
Public Service, American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Snickers Brand, and the
White House as well as developing media pitches, producing client events
and creating grassroots issue campaigns.
Mr. Edgar earned his Bachelor of
Arts in political science from Arizona State University.
SOURCE: Office of Governor Doug
Games To Welcome More Than 500 Attendees at EMPOWER(SM) Customer Conference
from March 29-31 at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort &
Apple Co-Founder Steve
Wozniak to Deliver Keynote Address
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 21, 2016)
-- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the
"Company) today announced that will host its inaugural EMPOWER customer
conference showcasing the Company's innovative solutions, convergence
technologies and the industry's broadest gaming, lottery, and interactive
The EMPOWER conference evolved from
Bally Technologies' Systems User Conference, which was held for 11 years at
casino resorts across the United States. Following the merger of Scientific
Games and Bally Technologies in 2014, the Company is now planning an expanded
event to incorporate its three business divisions, making EMPOWER the only
private, global conference of its kind in the gaming and lottery industry.
The EMPOWER conference keynote
speaker is Apple Computer co-founder and philanthropist Steve Wozniak, who
helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple's first line of
products and influenced the popular Macintosh. Wozniak was awarded the National
Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985 the
highest honor bestowed on America's leading innovators. In 2000, he was
inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz
Award for Technology. Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io
and is a published author with a New York Times best-selling autobiography,
iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon.
Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple
Computer, Philanthropist and Chief Scientist for Fusion-io, is the keynote
speaker at Scientific Games' EMPOWER Customer Conference, March 29-31, Planet
Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino.
Gavin Isaacs, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Scientific Games, said, "EMPOWER attendees are in for
an incredible three days of innovation, technology, and entertainment designed
to propel them to new levels of professional and personal success.
"The conference is a must-attend
for every Scientific Games customer seeking to learn more about our new
combined business and the integrated approach we deliver with the industry's
most comprehensive and inventive product suite. We look forward to engaging our
customers with great speakers, powerful insights, and lots of fun. Most of all,
this is an opportunity for us to listen and learn from our customers while we
inform, inspire, and entertain."
More than 500 casino and lottery
operators, sponsors, partners, and members of the media are registered for
EMPOWER. The conference promises to be Scientific Games' largest customer event
ever, with a footprint 30 percent greater than the Company's 26,000 square foot
exhibit at the 2015 Global Gaming Expo (G2E).
The high-energy three-day conference
brings together the Scientific Games customer community to provide attendees
with world-class professional development, hands-on product demonstrations,
fast-paced workshops, direct access to product experts, and valuable networking
EMPOWER will provide powerful
insights on how casino and lottery operators can capitalize on the increasing
convergence of gaming, lottery, and interactive technologies and utilize the
industry's broadest, most innovative, and most exciting product portfolio to
drive revenue, improve operating efficiencies, and increase player
To collaborate and learn, attendees
can take advantage of more than 40 interactive sessions, including:
Tracks: Games, Systems, Table Products, Lottery, and Interactive
Sessions Targeted for Your Business:
Mobile, Marketing, Big Data, The 360-Degree Customer, Slot Floor of the Future,
Emerging Technology, and more!
Fast-Paced How-To Workshops:
Designed to help you maximize your investment in Scientific Games solutions
Speakers: In addition to
Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, hear from casino and lottery industry thought
leaders as well as Scientific Games executives
Demonstrations: Spend time experiencing Scientific Games' new products
yourself through hands-on demonstrations of our visionary games, systems, table
products, lottery, and interactive solutions
To play, mix, and mingle, attendees
should also consider:
- Golf Tournament at The Las Vegas Country
Club: Enjoy sunshine, well-manicured greens, views of the Las Vegas Strip,
and plenty of peer-to-peer networking
- Wine Tasting Lunch: Surprising reds and
delightful whites will be paired with a delicious lunch at Planet Hollywood's
glamorous Strip House
EMPOWER is sponsored by 3M,
Axiomtek, BCM Advanced Research, eConnect, Effinet Systems, Inc., JCM Global,
KIOSK Information Systems, NRT Technology Corp., Olea Kiosks Inc., Synopsys,
Touch Dynamic, TransAct Technologies, Inc., Yesco, and Zebra Technologies.
To register for EMPOWER or for more
information on sponsoring the conference, please visit ScientificGames.com or
download the conference app on iTunes or Google Play.
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation
(NASDAQ:SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services
and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets.
The Company's portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems;
table games products and shufflers; instant and draw-based lottery games;
server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and
rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information,
please visit ScientificGames.com.
Vice President, Investor
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Merge Its Italian Activities with Gamenet
ATHENS, Greece (March 21, 2016) --
INTRALOT Group and Trilantic Capital Partners Europe, the controlling
shareholder of Gamenet S.p.A. ("Gamenet"), announce they signed today a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) , to merge the Italian activities of
the INTRALOT Group into those of Gamenet, a leading VLT and AWP concessionaire
and retailer in Italy and a betting and online operator.
Following completion of the
transaction, INTRALOT Group is envisaged to control 20% of the combined
operations. With a network of approximately 800 betting POS, that will continue
to use INTRALOTs brand name, ca. 8.200 VLTs, over 50.000 AWPs and more
than 60 directly owned and managed gaming halls, the new group will become one
of the largest operators in the Italian gaming market.
The Group CEO of INTRALOT, Mr.
Antonios Kerastaris, commented on the deal:
Since acquiring a betting
operator license in Italy in 2007 and at a later stage VLT and AWP licenses,
INTRALOT has established a strong presence in one of the largest and most
competitive gaming markets in the world. We are thrilled about the great
prospects of a partnership with Gamenet that will enhance our product offering
and presence in the country, in line with our strategy to seek synergies with
strong local partners in promising gaming markets around the
Gamenet CEO, Mr. Guglielmo
Angelozzi, commented on the deal: This is a strategic step for us, as
we were seeking size and diversification to complement our vertical integration
programmes. We look forward to capture all the synergies from this combination
and seize all the opportunities available in the market in the next years, also
leveraging on the partnership with a global betting provider as the INTRALOT
Completion of the transaction, which
is expected by June 2016, is, inter alia, subject to approvals by the corporate
bodies of INTRALOT and Gamenet and by competent public authorities.
About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)
INTRALOT, a public listed company,
is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing
systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive
gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide.
Its broad portfolio of products
& services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery
operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive
advantage, which contributes directly to customers efficiency,
profitability and growth.
With presence in 57 jurisdictions,
about 5.400 people and revenues of 1,85 billion for 2014, INTRALOT has
established its presence on all 5 continents.
For more information CONTACT: Ms.
Dimitra Tzimou, Corporate Relations Manager, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax:
+30-210 6106800, email: email@example.com.
Joins Bidder Consortium for Italian Lotto Concession
GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (March 18,
2016 (OTS) NOVOMATIC, Europe's leading gaming technology group, has
entered, together with Lottomatica, a subsidiary of International Game
Technology (IGT), Italian Gaming Holding (IGH), a subsidiary of SAZKA Group,
and EMMA Capital and Arianna 2001, an entity affiliated with the Federation of
Italian Tobacconists, into a consortium to bid for the Italian lottery
This bidder consortium bundles the
know-how and the financial resources of all its partners to collaboratively
continue the success story of the Lotto game in Italy.
The consortium submitted its bid on
March 16, 2016 in accordance with the submission deadline. If the concession is
awarded to the consortium, a joint venture will be established and Lottomatica
will act as the principal operating partner.
By joining this consortium,
NOVOMATIC in particular continues the successful cooperation with SAZKA Group
and EMMA Capital, which started in Austria with a partnership agreement for
Casinos Austria, said NOVOMATIC CEO Harald Neumann. In addition,
NOVOMATIC is in talks with SAZKA Group about further co-operations in Greece
and other countries.
The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the
biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and
employs more than 24,000 staff worldwide.
Founded by entrepreneur Professor
Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and
exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to 80 countries.
The Group operates more than 235,000
gaming terminals in its some 1,600 plus gaming operations as well as via rental
Through its numerous international
subsidiaries the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming
industry and thus offers a diversified Omni-channel product portfolio to its
partners and clients around the world.
This product range includes land
based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management,
online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting
solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and
Lottery Game 10 Spot Will End April 2
HELENA, Montana (March 18, 2016)
The Montana Lotterys 10 Spot game will end after the 7:30 p.m.
draw on Sunday, April 2, 2016.
10 Spot was originally launched in
February of 2010 as an exclusive Montana Lottery game.
The end of 10 Spot gives the Montana
Lottery the opportunity to launch their new daily game, Big Sky Bonus, which
goes on sale on April 3.
All prizes and jackpots for 10 Spot
will be funded for the standard 184 day from date-of-draw claim window. All
monies that were wagered on 10 Spot are being used to seed the prize fund for
Big Sky Bonus and for game promotion.
10 Spot enjoyed a devoted group of
players and the Montana Lottery thanks them for supporting the game all these
The Montana Lottery was created by
voter referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid over $497 million in prizes
and returned approximately $224 million to the State of Montana.
CONTACT: George Kesel, Phone:
(406) 444-5806, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Montana Lottery.
Monkey Garage Scratch Ticket Goes On Sale Today
Game offers the chance to
win a custom Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat
AUSTIN, Texas (March 21, 2016)
The Texas Lottery and Gas Monkey Garage have teamed up on a new $2
scratch ticket that offers more than $8.6 million in total prizes, five top
prizes of $25,000, and a chance to win a 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat
customized by Gas Monkey Garage. The scratch ticket goes on sale today at
Texas Lottery® retail locations throughout Texas.
If you know anything about
Gas Monkey Garage, you know were not afraid to gamble. You also know that
we are a Texas brand, through and through. So, partnering with the Texas
Lottery just made sense, said Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey
Garage and star of DISCOVERY CHANNEL's toprated show Fast N' Loud.
Players that do not win instantly
can enter non-winning tickets into one of four promotional second-chance
drawings. Four finalists will be chosen and will receive $10,000 for travel to
participate in the Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat giveaway event at Gas
Monkey Garage in Dallas. One of the lucky finalists will win the car,
which will feature a custom decorative finish by Gas Monkey Garage.
We are excited to partner
with Richard Rawlings and a successful Texas-based brand like Gas Monkey
Garage, said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.
We anticipate that our players and fans of Gas Monkey Garage and Fast
N Loud will respond enthusiastically to this new game.
Gas Monkey Garage merchandise
prize packs will also be given away through the second-chance drawings. Each of
the 1,200 prize packs, valued at $595, include:
- Gas Monkey Garage branded plush robe
- Gas Monkey Garage neon wall clock
- Gas Monkey Garage branded trucker-style hat
with adjustable strap
- Gas Monkey Garage branded stainless steel
- Gas Monkey Garage branded speaker with full
stereo sound and Bluetooth functionality
- Gas Monkey Garage branded wheeled travel
duffel bag with large zippered storage
Players can join Richard Rawlings
and the Texas Lottery at a launch party for the ticket at Gas Monkey Bar
N Grill on March 24 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
is located at 10261 Technology Blvd. in Dallas.
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 $52
million for programs supporting Texas veterans.
For more information visit us on
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org.
About Gas Monkey Garage
Gas Monkey Garage is an automotive
restoration shop in Dallas, TX, that is featured on the hit television program
Fast N Loud. Owner, Richard Rawlings, along with master mechanic Aaron
Kaufman, finds abandoned classic cars dating back to the 1920s and brings them
back to life and back on the road. For more information, visit
http://gasmonkeygarage.com and follow @GasMonkeyGarage on Twitter.
MEDIA CONTACT: Media Relations, T:
512-344-5131, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Texas Lottery.
Conference Agrees to Continue Working on the Draft Amendments to the Tax Law
renovación: definiciones sobre proyectos de ley y convenios en
CORDOBA, Argentina (March 21, 2016)
-- On March 17, in the City of Buenos Aires, the Board of la Asociación
de Loterías Estatales de Argentina (ALEA) met. After addressing the
Balance Sheet of the Association, the authorities led by President CP Thomas
Felix Elizalde, provided definitions of each of the items on the agenda.
About the Law on Tax Awards (Law
20630) Project defined continue its development in order to achieve the
modification of the minimum tax to be recalled, it was sanctioned in December
1973, promulgated in January 1974, as amended in 1992 and then last updated in
2003. the common goal of regulators is to update the minimum amount exempt ($
1200), which now reaches virtually the entire awards official games, including
smaller, favouring the proliferation of illegal gambling or illegal, because it
puts the official game at a distinct disadvantage against alternatives that do
not retain the aforementioned tax and generates significant losses on bets the
Amendment updating its minimum
amount would result in higher revenues to spend on social action and would
impact positively on the daily administrative operation of regulators. It is
recalled, would not mean any harm to the Treasury because the tax represents
only 0.1% of total national tax revenue, being the 3rd lowest income.
Seguidamente, about combat illegal
gambling, different views were expressed and analyzed alternatives to amend
existing legislation and raising the criminalization of violation of criminal
offense. From the records compiled by the Administrative Technical Secretariat
ALEA on the drafts previously prepared, authorities in different jurisdictions
presented visions and needs to provide tools to agencies to combat this
extremely serious scourge, it was decided to form a group of technicians and
specialists in order to carry out a bill aimed at achieving a breakthrough in
the legal classification.
In another order of topics, about
the Convention of Partnership and Cooperation between the National Authority
for Communications (ENACOM, ex AFSCA) and ALEA signed in order to ensure
compliance with Article 81 of Law 26,522 of Audio visual Communication
Services, based on the advertising of gambling, defined continue monitoring the
proceedings brought in the matter, which has already generated a score of
violations who spread by the media in our country offering illegal gambling.
It is recalled that ALEA, along with
regulators, serve respectively reference and authority on this subject and to
this end, work on regularly updating the map of Argentina authorized games.
Then, each of the Chairmen of
Advisory and Coordinating Unit presented the developed issues and proposals for
ALEA participation in the meeting of
Board of La Corporacion Iberoamericana de Loterias y Apuestas (CIBELAE) and the
'Game Seminar on line: Present and Future', in Uruguay, was the next topic
In this regard, the CP Elizalde
produced a synthesis in which he mentioned the work requested the Association
in its role as Treasurer of the Corporation on the Budget of the Latin American
entity; Buenos Aires's nomination to host the 2018 World Meeting Lotteries
organized by the WLA; and welcomed the Seminar, while he reviewed the positions
of Brazil, Chile and Paraguay on online gaming and reaffirmed the need for
concerted positions in our country to advance the issue.
Finally, various organizational
aspects of the 66th Ordinary Meeting to be held on Thursday, May 5 in San
Martin de Los Andes exposed. In this regard, the President of the Provincial
Institute of Gaming Neuquen and Vice President of ALEA, CP Alfredo Monaco, gave
details and presented an audiovisual provided useful for participants and
members of the event information, choosing the be made authorities Association
for the biennium 2016-2017.
SOURCE: la Asociación de
Loterías Estatales de Argentina (ALEA) (translation by Google).
Celebrates Over One Million Scholarships & Grants Awarded
Over $3.6 billion raised;
1,000,000 educational opportunities for Tennesseans
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (March 23,
2016) -- Celebrating the number One Million is nothing new for the Tennessee
Lottery. But this time the excitement isnt about the latest
millionaireits a celebration of the one millionth education award
funded by the Lottery, which has officially been granted.
This milestone is a
testament to the Lotterys ongoing success and its impact on helping
Tennessee students achieve their higher education goals, said Lottery
President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove. We remain committed to maximizing
dollars for these vital scholarships and grants, which can be the primary means
for a student to achieve a postsecondary education.
According to the Tennessee Student
Assistance Corporation, the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship program has
more than doubled the amount of scholarships and grants given out each year
since its creation in 2004. The number of awards has grown to an average of
approximately 100,000 each year, with the milestone of one million recently
The Tennessee Education
Lottery Scholarship has transformed education opportunity in our state and made
college attainable for many Tennessee students, said Russ Deaton,
interim executive director of the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation.
Each scholarship awarded, and each student who benefits from the
program, moves Tennessee closer to reaching our postsecondary attainment
Since the first HOPE Scholarships
and technical skills grants were awarded in the fall of 2004, Tennessee
Education Lottery Programs have grown to include a variety of financial
assistance programs, including the Aspire Award, dual enrollment grants,
Helping Heroes grants, and Tennessee Promise. For more information about
Lottery-funded programs, visit
The Lottery celebrated its 12th
anniversary on January 20 with the announcement of yet another record quarter
and a total of more than $3.6 billion for education. The Lotterys stellar
performancegrowth every year since inceptionis thought to be a U.S.
record for consecutive years of sales growth.
In addition to the educational
beneficiaries, players have won more than $9.7 billion in prizes and Lottery
retailer partners have earned more than $930 million in retailer commissions.
For additional information, visit tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook,
Twitter & Instagram. Have Fun. Play Responsibly.
CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, E:
SOURCE: Tennessee Lottery.
Lottery Receives Top Vendor Award
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (March 22,
2016) - The Kroger Co. has selected the Hoosier Lottery as a 2015 Vendor of the
Year as part of its annual program to recognize vendor partners who share the
grocery chain's business and community values.
"The Kroger Co. values
collaborative partnerships, whether serving customers in our stores or
neighbors in local communities," John Elliott, Kroger spokesman, said.
"Our greatest results come from working side-by-side with companies who
share our business and community values. Each year we celebrate the very best
vendor partners with our Vendor of the Year awards. We are honored to recognize
Hoosier Lottery as a Vendor of the Year for 2015."
Kroger Central Division selects the
Vendor of the Year award winners. Hoosier Lottery was chosen for the award
based on a mix of merchandising, operations, customer service and community
"The members of our Hoosier
Lottery team take great pride in the work that we do and in knowing that the
citizens of our great state benefit from the results," said Sarah M.
Taylor, executive director of the Hoosier Lottery. "We thank Kroger
for this award and for being such a great Hoosier Lottery retailer. Kroger has
been a valuable retail partner to the Hoosier Lottery for more than 26 years,
and we value the collaboration between our two organizations."
Kroger has been a Hoosier Lottery
retailer since the lottery began in 1989 and sells Hoosier Lottery products at
each of its 101 grocery stores and 77 fuel centers across Kroger's central
division in Indiana. Recently, the Hoosier Lottery held a press conference at
the Kroger store in Speedway, Ind. to announce the official scratch-off ticket
for the 100th Running of the Indy 500.
ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY:
Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The
Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million annually to local police and
firefighters' pensions and $30 million annually to the Teachers' Retirement
Fund. In fiscal year 2015, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $182.5 million to
the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit
www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Download
Hoosier Lottery logos here.
CONTACT: Carrie Stroud, Hoosier
Lottery Chief of Staff, E: firstname.lastname@example.org,
T: 317-264-4840 office or
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
BC Lottery Corporation Partner to Make Sports Betting Simpler
Sports Pools to launch on
Canadian operators PlayNow.com portal
LONDON, U.K. (March 18, 2016)
OpenBet, the worlds leading software provider to the sports betting
industry, has partnered with BCLC (British Columbia Lottery Corporation) to
launch Sports Pools on PlayNow.com, British Columbias gambling
OpenBet has worked closely with BCLC
since they launched their initial online gaming offering in June 2010, when it
delivered Canadas first online casino on OpenBets leading platform
and centralised account (Player Account Management). Since then, OpenBet and
BCLC have continued to develop the offering through new games like Sports
Sports Pools is a first for a
regulated online gambling site in Canada. Sports Pools engages all levels of
fans with their favourite sports and doesnt require knowledge of
With a $5 buy-in, players can test
their sports knowledge against each other for a chance to win or share the
prize pool. Players pick the winning outcome for all the match-ups on a betting
card, or randomly choose winners with the quick pick feature. The
jackpot goes to the players who pick the required amount of correct outcomes.
OpenBet CEO Jeremy Thompson-Hill
commented: We are delighted to continue our work with BCLC through the
launch of Sports Pools.
OpenBet is focused on
working with our customers to develop technology that offers a superior player
experience with new entertaining ways to play. Sports Pools is a great new
product for BCLC and one we have been pleased to work with them in
BCLC Vice President eGaming Monica
Bohm added: Sports Pools offers sports fans an innovative and easy
point of entry into sports betting that is fun and appealing.
It is another example of
PlayNow.com delivering the very best in gambling entertainment to British
Columbians while helping communities across the province grow.
BCLC offers socially responsible
gaming entertainment while generating income to benefit all British Columbians.
Each year, revenue from gambling contributes more than $1 billion to fund
important provincial, municipal and charitable programs across B.C.
For more information about OpenBet,
please CONTACT: Olivia Gillibrand, Head of Marketing, T: +44 (0)7701 037513, E:
For more information about BCLC,
please CONTACT: BCLC Media Relations, T: +1 604-225-6460, E:
Ladbrokes Unveil Frankie Dettori As Brand
We've signed a sporting
UNITED KINGDOM (March 21, 2016) --
Frankie Dettori has signed an exclusive deal with Ladbrokes to become a brand
ambassador for the bookmaker with immediate effect.
The deal will see Dettori become the
face of some marketing, brand, media and internal communications campaigns for
the firm while his racing views will be published throughout the year
The deal, which is the most
extensive of its kind to date for Ladbrokes will also make use of
Dettoris profile to promote other events in the bookmakers
portfolio of sport sponsorships.
Commenting on the news Frankie
Dettori said: I am really pleased to be working with Ladbrokes.
Ive come to know the team there very well over the years and Im
looking forward to working more closely with them now. Its a challenge I
am excited about and its a great opportunity to promote racing as widely
Dan Staples, Marketing Director, UK
at Ladbrokes said: Frankie has been the biggest name in the sport for
two decades. He is pure box office and were delighted that hes
joining Ladbrokes as our ambassador. His sporting passion for everything from
Ascot to Arsenal is infectious and makes him stand out as the ultimate fit for
Staples added: We
cant wait to get Frankie involved in work that is sure to excite our
customers and colleagues. His views throughout the upcoming Flat season are
also sure to be entertaining.
Qingdao Baifa Joint Venture Launches First Approved Mobile Lottery App with
Shandong Sports Lottery
Major milestone in DJI's
recovery from China's online lottery sales suspension, supported by Premier
League football relationships
CHESHIRE, U.K. (March 22,
2016) -- DJI Holdings plc (AIM: DJI, "the Group", "DJI"), a licensed promotion
solutions and service provider of Chinese sports and welfare lottery products
to third party retailers and direct to consumers, is pleased to announce a
major expansion of its key partnership in Shandong with the launch of mobile
sales across one of China's largest lottery markets.
Qingdao Baifa Network Science
Technology Service Co Ltd (Qingdao Baifa), DJI's 50% held joint venture, will
collaborate with Shandong Sports Lottery, the lottery authority for Shandong
Province, to promote the first Ministry of Finance approved mobile lottery
sales app throughout the province. DJI will be responsible for developing and
executing the marketing strategy for Qingdao Baifa and Shandong Sports
The launch follows the successful
implementation of DJI's trials of Sports Lottery products via mobile phones in
Shandong's Qingdao City announced in October 2015. It marks a major development
and revenue opportunity for DJI while online sales of lottery products remain
suspended in China.
Shandong, with 15 million lottery
players, is a key market for DJI. The province has the second highest
sports lottery sales in China, an 11% market share totalling approximately RMB
15.89bn (£1.75bn) in 2014, with mobile sales comprising 40% and rising.
Its Gross Domestic Product is the third highest in China and mobile phone
penetration is close to 90%.
The Shandong Sports Lottery has one
of only three mobile lottery apps approved by the Ministry of Finance. It is
the only mobile app authorised to sell Big Lotto (China's most popular Sports
Lottery draw game and the equivalent of the main Saturday night draw in other
countries) and Jingcai (football betting), the fastest growing lottery game in
China. The rapidly growing popularity of football in China was the main
driver of the near doubling of online Sports Lottery revenues in Shandong in
2014 to approximately RMB 6.5bn (£715m). That trend continued into the
first two months of 2015, prior to the online sales suspension.
DJI's contribution of a unique
promotion strategy for the mobile app, through its access to leading football
clubs and other sporting relationships, is expected to be an important
element of growing sales. Qingdao
Baifa will utilise DJI's exclusive Chinese lottery partnerships with both
Arsenal and Manchester City football clubs to promote and support the "Shandong
mobile online app" with unique tailored content and 'money can't buy' special
prizes such as signed merchandise, trips to football clubs and meeting the
players in person. The 2014 soccer World Cup significantly enhanced lottery
sales across China during 2014 and the Euro 2016 tournament in June this year
is expected to be an important revenue-enhancing event for the lottery
Qingdao Baifa is expected to
generate significant revenues for its partners in 2016. The official app's
total sales ran at approximately RMB 40m (£4.4m) a month during
restricted trials in late 2014 and early 2015. Average Revenue per User (ARPU)
was approximately RMB 400 (£44). The trials were limited in numbers and
reach within the province, with players recruited in physical stores. These
consumers are, historically, lower value lottery players. However, the JV
intends to accelerate recruitment of higher-spending, white-collar users by
offering incentives to new Sports Lottery registrants and collaborating with
promotional partners China Mobile (62 million users in Shandong Province),
China Unicom (32 million users) and China UnionPay, the country's only bankcard
DJI will contribute to Qingdao
Baifa's marketing costs and will provide technology support, while developing
the JV's promotion strategy and lending operational assistance in its
implementation. Qingdao Baifa's financial controls will be managed by DJI.
Update re China lottery
Online sales of lottery products
remain suspended in China pending the publication of new regulations by central
government lottery authorities and the Ministry of Finance. The lottery
industry maintains its firm expectation that the central government will lift
the suspension and, in due course, vigorously promote this public welfare
project. Recent investment in lottery operations by major Chinese corporations,
not least the purchase of a controlling stake in AG Tech, the Hong Kong listed
lottery operator and technology business, by Alibaba and Ant Financial,
indicates the confidence of sector operators in the opportunity for growth in
the lottery market in China.
The Board of DJI remains hopeful but
patient as it awaits the return of a better regulated lottery landscape. In the
meantime, the Company's strategy continues to focus on working with channel
partners, government and provincial lottery centres to identify new revenue
streams using its robust, secure, flexible and scalable technology and
regulatory platform. DJI is in discussions with a number of significant
partners and provinces in China and the Company looks forward to announcing
these in the near future.
Commenting on the exciting
development for DJI in Shandong, Chief Executive Darren Mercer said
"This is a major milestone for
DJI in using its rich experience of channel marketing and English Premier
League club resources to promote the Chinese lottery since the suspension of
online sales 12 months ago. The opportunity to launch the only officially
approved mobile lottery app in China's second largest provincial lottery market
is expected to make a substantially material impact on group revenues in the
current financial year. The prospect of marketing a product that will
allow millions of lottery players to take part online through their mobile
phones is enormously exciting. We look forward to leveraging our exclusive
football agreements and Qingdao Baifa's rights to market through third parties
to dramatically expand the promotion channels for Shandong's sports lottery
For further information please
CONTACT: DJI Holdings plc. Darren Mercer, Group Chief Executive, T: +44 (0)
About DJI Holdings plc
DJI's strategy is to capitalise on
the rapidly expanding Chinese lottery market and the opportunity to deliver
lottery ticket fulfilment sales to its substantial client base of large Chinese
corporations (B2B) and individual consumers via the Group's owned and operated
websites (B2C), within the online and mobile environment.
Through the Group's long-standing
relationships with the Chinese regulators, portfolio of lottery contracts and
reliable technology platform, the Group is well positioned to capture the
The principal activities of the
Group are the development, promotion and distribution of authorised lottery
products in China. DJI's subsidiaries are licensed and/or contractually
authorised to distribute and promote Sports and Welfare lottery products
online, via mobile and through physical retail outlets across China.
The Group has a differentiated
approach to the Chinese lottery market in that DJI operates throughout the
promotion and distribution value chain. The Group offers:
- front-end lottery ticket sales via websites owned
and operated by the Group, third party websites, mobile applications and
physical retail outlets
- back-office lottery ticket fulfilment services to
large online and offline lottery partners
Beyond the Group's lottery
activities, DJI has a joint venture with the Heilongjiang Provincial Sports
Bureau (HSB) to provide support services to all of HSB's commercial activities.
These include football and winter sports in the province, including China's
largest ski resort, Tabuli.
The HSB joint venture
includes, for the first time in a Chinese province, a Business-to-Business
(B2B) online booking system for sports, based on DJI's technology. The JV
agreed terms with three of China's largest online portals to sell and promote
this B2B system from 1 November 2015.
SOURCE: DJI Holdings plc.
Partner Latvian Football Higher League
LATVIA (March 16, 2016) -- Latvian
football Higher League has a new partner. SYNOT Group has lent the name of
SYNOT TIP to the Latvian league. The news was announced just today at a press
conference, which was held in Riga, Latvia.
"For the main league sponsorship
have competed several companies. However, none of them, could not compete with
the offer from the SYNOT Group. We are honored to have such a well-known and
experienced partner. SYNOT Group has already done a great job in the
sponsorship of different leagues and sports teams all around Europe. I do
believe that mentioned experience and our shared vision will result in the
growth of the league and that three very successful years are certainly ahead
of us," said Emils Latkovskis, CEO of Latvian football Higher League.
"I am sincerely glad that the
name of SYNOT Group will be associated with Latvian football Higher League. I
am truly convinced that the cooperation will be very effective and will bring
the local football a lot of positives. Our primary aim is to make individual
matches attended by more and more satisfied and enthusiastic fans. With the
support of sport at all levels - from the smallest clubs across the league
teams to the highest league, has SYNOT Group years of experience from several
countries in which it operates."
"These include the Czech
Republic, Slovakia or Monaco. At the same time, we are dealing with possible
cooperation in other countries," said the chairman of the board of the WCV
Cyprus Limited, Ivo Valenta.
This year Latvian League continues
already 25th season and the official launch is scheduled for Friday, 11th of
About SYNOT Group
SYNOT Group operates in Latvia for
more than 20 years, through the company Sia Joker Ltd. Moreover, two years ago,
SYNOT Group also started to operate a sports betting and online lotteries, for
which obtained a license.
SYNOT Group as an international
company employs around 3000 employees and operates on nearly all continents,
i.e. approximately in twenty countries worldwide.
To sum up, SYNOT Group operates in
Europe, Africa, America, and Australia and from now also in Asia. In addition
to the lottery industry, and the leading-edge in IT technologies, software
solutions and gaming devices, SYNOT Group also focuses on investments in
tourism and sport, support of start-up projects, media activities and other
business sectors. Its annual turnover is approximately 16 billion Czech crowns
(599 million euro).
CONTACT: Mgr. Magda
Pekařová, tisková mluvčí, Mobil: +420 739
604 032, E-mail: email@example.com.
SOURCE: SYNOT Group
of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Announce Five New Members Join
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 23, 2016)
The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced today
that its Board of Directors has approved the membership applications of five
new companies, bringing the trade group comprised of the worlds leading
gaming suppliers to a total of 154, an all-time high.
The new AGEM members are:
- APEX gaming, based in Budweis, Czech Republic,
provides complete gaming solutions for all applications such as slot machines,
multiplayer games, online and mobile.
- Casino Screens, based in Essex, United Kingdom, is
a provider of complete screens for digital signage and monitors for use in VLT
and gaming machines.
- RMMC, based in Las Vegas, is a sales and marketing
consultancy headed by gaming industry veteran Robert McMonigle.
- Slot Constructor, based in Las Vegas, is a software
game development company.
- Tohkoh Plastics America, based in San Diego, is a
supplier and manufacturer of plastics and LED lights.
AGEM is a non-profit international
trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of electronic gaming
devices, lotteries, systems, table games, online technology, key components and
support products and services for the gaming industry. AGEM works to further
the interests of gaming equipment suppliers throughout the world. Through
political action, regulatory influence, trade show partnerships, educational
alliances, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the
members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the
organization. Together, AGEM has assisted regulatory agencies and participated
in the legislative process to solve problems and create a business environment
where AGEM members can prosper while providing a strong level of support to
education and responsible gaming initiatives.
For more information, visit
CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez,
Steinbeck Communications, T: +1 (702) 413-4278
SOURCE: Association of Gaming
Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM).
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
Call for Speakers/Participation 2016
Professional Development Seminar
Join us for the 2016 NASPL Professional
hosted by the
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strategies and knowledge with others? Submit your topics and speakers now for
this year's sessions.
are due by Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
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NASPL Lottery Leadership
Registration NOW Open!
Are you looking to grow or tap
into your leadership potential, network with colleagues, challenge your
creativity and have fun? Then this seminar is for you. Over 1400 lottery
professionals have completed this unique seminar since 1994.
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