International Game Technology PLC Announced that its Subsidiary
has Signed a License Agreement for Life is Good® Lottery
LONDON, U.K. (February 10, 2016) --
International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced that its
subsidiary IGT Global Solutions Corporation has entered into a multi-year
licensing agreement granting it the property licensing rights to the Life is
Good brand. The agreement is effective as of December 18, 2015 and gives IGT
the rights to develop and distribute Life is Good lottery products throughout
North America, including instant scratch games, interactive online e-instant
games, and draw-based games.
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...
"IGT is pleased to partner with a
positive lifestyle brand, Life is Good, a company that shares our passion for
giving back to the community and generating funds for good causes," said
Michael Chambrello, Chief Executive Officer, North America Lottery. "We are
looking forward to bringing customers a robust Life is Good lottery program
that will support the Life is Good mission to spread the power of
optimism and help kids in need. It is an honor to partner with a company that
is so focused on doing good, and we are excited to grow that good
"Life is Good is looking forward
to working with IGT in developing a strong lottery program that is aligned with
our work to help kids by funding educational programs. We find tremendous value
in partnering with companies that share our vision and give back to the
community," said Bert Jacobs, Chief Executive Optimist at Life is Good.
"We're confident we have selected the right partner in IGT based on their
commitment and support of our mission."
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 we create value by
adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility.
IGT has approximately 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit
About The Life Is Good
The Life is Good Company spreads the
power of optimism and donates 10 percent of its net profits to help kids in
need. The company has raised more than $11 million for kids in need to date,
principally through Life is Good products, events, and community fundraising
efforts. Life is Good® is a registered trademark of The Life is Good
Company. Please visit LifeisGood.com for more details and follow Life is Good
on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Robert K. Vincent, Corporate
Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada
James Hurley, Investor Relations,
Simone Cantagallo, (+39) 06
51899030; for Italian media inquiries
SOURCE International Game Technology
Scientific Games Wins Marnell Gaming Casinos' Systems
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (February 4, 2016)
-- Scientific Games Corporation ("Scientific Games" or "the Company") today
announced that Marnell Gaming has selected the Company's Bally Systems Suite
for its two casinos in Laughlin, Nevada, the Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino
and the Edgewater Hotel and Casino.
Marnell Gaming is replacing a
competitor's product with Scientific Games' casino management systems suite to
drive operational efficiencies and delight players. The systems installation at
both casinos will include SDS, CMP, Elite Bonusing Suite, iVIEW, iVIEW Display
Manager and Business Intelligence.
"We are thrilled that Marnell
Gaming will implement our robust marketing, management, business intelligence
and powerful analytics solutions to help grow their casino business," said
Bob Parente, Chief Revenue Officer, Gaming at Scientific Games.
Under the new agreement, the
properties will be able to take advantage of these product innovations to drive
- SDS provides crucial game-monitoring data in
real-time and fully integrates with other key system components, including the
CMP player-tracking system.
- Elite Bonusing Suite helps operators increase
coin-in, carded play, new-card signups, and extended play experiences across
the casino floor.
- iVIEW is an interactive touchscreen that improves
the player experience.
- iVIEW Display Manager presents picture-in-picture
display and interactions for self-service player-account access, marketing
messages, and secondary bonus games on the main game screen without
- Business Intelligence lets casino operators analyze
and visualize casino, slot and hospitality data.
About Marnell Gaming
Marnell Gaming's Colorado Belle and
Edgewater Casino Resorts are located in Laughlin, Nevada in the center of the
Laughlin Strip. The combined properties have over 2,300 recently
remodeled hotel rooms, nine dining venues, more than 1,600 of the industry's
newest games, and offer headline entertainment at two locations, including the
10,000 seat Laughlin Event Center. The properties are owned and operated
by Marnell Gaming, LLC, a limited liability corporation that develops, expands
and acquires gaming-related properties and is focused on providing a unique
portfolio of gaming offerings to its guests.
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 utilities; instant and draw-based lottery games;
server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and
rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information,
please visit: www.scientificgames.com.
Scientific Games, Bally, Bally
Systems, SDS, CMP, Elite Bonusing Suite and iVIEW are marks owned in the United
States and elsewhere by Scientific Games or one or more of its wholly-owned
subsidiaries. © 2016 Scientific Games. All rights reserved.
Vice President, Investor
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Lottery Teams Up With Neopollard Interactive To Launch Online Draw Games Option
LANSING, Michigan (February 8, 2016)
NeoPollard Interactive LLC (NeoPollard Interactive)
congratulates the Michigan Lottery on the recent launch of its new interactive
draw games portfolio. With the launch of interactive draw games, as part of the
Michigan Lotterys online game services, lottery players in Michigan now
may purchase Lotto 47, Fantasy 5, Mega Millions, and Powerball tickets over the
Internet using their desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones.
Interactives enhanced iLottery 360° solution and mobile-first
approach, the Michigan Lotterys interactive draw games offer players a
state-of-the-art, intuitive cross-platform digital gaming experience. The
industry-leading technology provides players full access to all online
functionality and gameplay through all available digital channels. Players are
able to purchase tickets for their favorite draw games in as few as three
clicks, regardless of the channel or device theyre using. For each ticket
purchased, players may choose their own numbers, use the Easy Pick
option for random numbers, or use numbers previously saved in their online
The Michigan Lotterys online
games services also offers players the most payment options in todays
North American digital lottery market, including credit and debit cards, ACH,
Neteller, and the Michigan Lotterys own highly successful Online Game
NeoPollard Interactive is
very excited about its work with the Michigan Lottery to launch the interactive
draw games options for players, said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive
Officer, NeoPollard Interactive. To date, the Michigan Lottery has
achieved record success with its online games services, and has become the
benchmark for North American lotteries looking to enter the digital space. With
the addition of draw games to the Lotterys online portfolio, we look
forward to demonstrating how successful draw games can be via the
Internetjust as weve done with instant and Keno gamesand,
ultimately, generating incremental revenues in support of public education in
the state of Michigan.
Ilan Rosen, Co-Chief Executive
Officer, NeoPollard Interactive, added, With the launch of interactive
draw games, the Michigan Lottery continues to expand its digital products and
services. In particular, were very enthusiastic to showcase NeoPollard
Interactives mobile platform for draw games. Mobile already represents
50% of the Michigan Lotterys online revenues. With the convenient
purchase capability for draw games and a user-friendly mobile environment, we
expect the mobile channel to continue to grow in popularity with Michigan
The Michigan Lottery teamed up with
NeoPollard Interactive to launch its online games platform in 2014. In fiscal
year 2015, online games generated approximately $147 million in revenue for the
As part of its enhanced
iLottery 360° solution, NeoPollard Interactive recently unveiled a
next-generation, MUSL-certified, interactive central gaming system for
draw-based games at the 2015 NASPL Conference and Trade Show. This
state-of-the-art interactive central gaming system has been developed based on
global e-commerce and gaming best practices for todays digitally-enabled
world and features an advanced mobile environment that subscribes to the
expectations of todays digital consumer.
NeoPollard Interactive is a joint
venture between Pollard Banknote Limited (Pollard Banknote) and
NeoGames S.A.R.L. (NeoGames). NeoPollard Interactive combines the
marketing expertise and extensive worldwide lottery experience of Pollard
Banknote with the proven leadership and technology of NeoGames in launching new
online and mobile gaming products and services in response to an ever-evolving
marketplace. This joint venture leverages the strengths of each partner company
to develop, implement, operate, and maintain innovative online gaming services
for regulated lottery clients in order to generate revenues for good causes.
About the Michigan
About 97 cents of every dollar spent
on Michigan Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of
contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions
to retailers. In the 2015 fiscal year, the Lotterys contribution to
Michigans public schools was a record $795.5 million. Since it began in
1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $19.6 billion to education in
Michigan. For additional information, follow the Michigan Lottery on Facebook,
Instagram, Twitter and online at:
For more information about
Neopollard Interactive CONTACT:
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
SOURCE: NeoPollard Interactive.
NOVOMATIC Firmly Established as the Gaming Industrys
Leading Full-Service Provider
22 Group companies
participate as exhibitors at the worlds largest gaming show in
GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (February
4, 2016) - The NOVOMATIC Group, Europe's largest gaming technology group, can
look back on an extremely successful financial year and has further cemented
its position as a full service provider among the top players in the
NOVOMATIC participated at the
worlds major gaming show "International Casino Exhibition" (ICE) in
London, held this year from February 2nd-4th at the ExCeL Exhibition &
Conference Centre London, with a new record number of 22 exhibiting Group
companies. With a surface area of over 4,500 square meters NOVOMATIC once again
had the largest exhibition booth in gaming show history.
"As a global full service provider,
the scale of this trade show participation is consistent with our strategy of
covering all segments of the gaming industry", said NOVOMATIC CEO Mag. Harald
Neumann at the press conference held at ICE in London.
The offer at the NOVOMATIC
exhibition stand ranged from casino equipment, systems and cash management
solutions to arcade and pub products as well as sports betting, lotteries and
online, mobile and social gaming.
According to Neumann, the
preliminary figures for the financial year of NOVOMATIC AG will break through
the threshold of 2 billion Euros for the first time. Together with the two
Swiss sister holdings Gryphon Invest AG and ACE Casino Holding AG, the
NOVOMATIC Group will increase its accumulated total turnover to about 3.9
"In the course of the current
financial year and due to the changes in the regulatory framework in Germany we
will enhance our presence as an operator with the acquisition of further venues
in this important market. In addition, we also intend to expand our market
share in further key markets such as the UK and Spain through
acquisitions, said Neumann.
In addition to continuous product
innovation, NOVOMATIC will focus on an even more intensified diversification of
its business activities in the future. For example NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions
(NLS) has been able to quickly and successfully establish an excellent position
in the international lotteries business. NOVOMATIC Sports Betting Solutions
(NSBS) was established in 2015 as an umbrella brand for all sports betting
activities of the Group in the international B2B segment. NSBS companies offer
Omni-channel sports betting solutions for the management of self-service
terminals and tills in the land based segment as well as secure online and
mobile sports betting solutions for discerning operators in various countries
About NOVOMATIC (www.novomatic.com &
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
traditional and electronic casinos as well as via rental concepts.
The Groups casino activities
comprise leading casinos in Germany (Berlin) and the Czech Republic as well as
further casinos in Switzerland, Macedonia, Lithuania and Gibraltar. ADMIRAL
Sportwetten with more than 200 betting shops is the leading
sports betting operator in the Austrian land based segment.
Through its numerous international
subsidiaries the NOVOMATIC Group is now fully active in all segments of the
gaming industry and thus offers a diversified multi-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/social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting
solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and
services. Catering to the NOVOMATIC INTERACTIVE business segment is
Vienna-based online gaming specialist Greentube and its many affiliates. Also
part of the Group is NOVOMATIC LOTTERY SOLUTIONS (NLS), the provider of fully
agnostic retail solutions, web enabled transaction engines, state of the art
player, retail management systems, and VLT solutions for lottery and VLT
operators worldwide. NOVOMATIC SPORTS BETTING SOLUTIONS (NSBS) merges the
know-how and technologies of three brands ADMIRAL, SBT and Na Zvesi
into a comprehensive offering.
Media inquiries CONTACT: Dr. Hannes
Reichmann, Head of Group Communication, +43 664 301 48 20, Email:
SOURCE: NOVOMATIC AG.
plc Q4 Report 2015
MALTA (February 10, 2016)
- Revenue amounted to 14.2 (9.3) million for
the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 53%, and 47.7 (36.0) million
for the full year 2015, an increase of 32%
- Operating profit (EBIT) for the fourth quarter of
2015 was 3.3 (0.6) million, with a margin of 23% (6%), and 7.4
(2.2) million for the full year 2015, with a margin of 16% (6%)
- Profit after Tax amounted to 2.9 (0.2)
million for the fourth quarter of 2015, and 6.2 (1.0) million for the
full year 2015
- Earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2015
were 0.099 (0.008) and 0.208 (0.037) for the full year 2015
- Cash flow from operating and investing activities
(excluding working capital) amounted to 2.8 (0.7) million for the fourth
quarter of 2015 and 6.2 (2.9) million for the full year 2015
Record quarterly revenue and
- Very strong operator turnover driving Kambis
- Kambis highest quarterly revenue and
operating margin to date
- New contracts signed with gaming operators LeoVegas
- Roll-out of new user interface commences
Kambis organic growth
accelerated in the fourth quarter and led to the strongest quarter to date.
This is continued proof of the quality of Kambis services, the success of
our operators and the entertainment value the Kambi Sportsbook can offer their
In January, Kambi signed
new contracts with two gaming operators, LeoVegas and Rank. We are very excited
to add two renowned brands to our customer list and we see great potential for
them and Kambi. Both operators are expected to go live before the start of the
European Championships in June and we look forward to contributing to their
During the period leading
up to this report, we started the roll-out of our new HTML5 client, giving the
operators increased flexibility and innovation in the user interface. We are
aiming to transition all our operators before Euro 2016 and we expect to add
some new exciting features before the tournament. says Kristian
Nylén, CEO of Kambi.
SOURCE: Kambi Group plc.
Veikkaus 75th Anniversary Turned Out a Year of Record
Success Profit Went Up to EUR 537 Million
VANTAA, Finland (February 8, 2016)
-- Veikkaus 75th anniversary was a year of success. We managed to improve
our profit by 3.2 percent, the financial result attaining EUR 537.1 million.
The turnover for the financial year went up to EUR 2095.3 million (+6.9%).
We have made strong
investments in the development of Veikkaus game portfolio and digital
services. This year, once again, our customers rewarded our efforts and enabled
us to achieve a record high result, says Veikkaus CEO Mr Juha
Im happy that,
despite the overall economic situation, we were able to attain the goals that
were set for us. This means that we can support the operation of Finnish art,
sport, science, and youth work in the best possible manner.
Nearly half a million web players
a week; registered gaming promotes responsibility
The strong growth of the digital
sales channel shows how consumer behaviour is changing. Veikkaus.fi is one of
Finlands biggest consumer web stores with a turnover of EUR 925.4 million
(+14.9%). Last year, we had an average of 474 000 buying customers a week in
The share of the digital
channels out of Veikkaus total sales reached over 43 percent in 2015.
From the European and even from a wider international
perspective, the share is exceptionally high, says Mr Koponen.
Developing better digital services
for customers is a core strategic focus for Veikkaus. This is why we continue
to invest in the development of the web store. In February 2015 we bought the
central parts of our current web store systems back end system. This made
possible a wider and faster digital development of our products and
Thanks to the increase in web gaming
in particular, a growing number of Veikkaus customers play registered.
This supports responsibility and reinforces consumer protection. The share of
registered gaming out of Veikkaus total sales reached 65.1 percent (+3,4
percentage points) at the end of the year. A total of over 167 000 Finns joined
Veikkaus Loyal Customer Programme last year. As a result, the number of
our registered customers went up to nearly 1.8 million.
In addition to working towards
economic goals, Veikkaus makes long-term efforts to promote responsible gaming.
As a legal operator of games, Veikkaus task is to channel playing towards
safe and controlled domestic games. Veikkaus spent a total of EUR 7.2 million
on measures supporting social responsibility and responsible gaming in
Responsibility continued to
be in focus in our operations last year. We invested especially in
communicating responsibility, promoting registered gaming, and training our
staff in responsibility issues, says Mr Koponen.
Eurojackpot, eInstants, and Fixed
Odds Betting successful, Lottos sales took an upward turn
Finlands favourite game Lotto
reached a turnover of EUR 436.7 million (+1.3%) in 2015. In February, we had
the chance to celebrate a historic double jackpot of EUR 27.8 million in Lotto.
On the record round, up to 1.5 million customers played Lotto. In Eurojackpot,
there were over one million weekly players in May, as the games biggest
possible jackpot of EUR 90 million was available for the first time. Last year,
Eurojackpot established its position as Finns favourite along with Lotto.
Eurojackpots turnover went up to EUR 222.9 million (+38.8%).
The games to increase in
popularity the most at veikkaus.fi were the eInstants. Their turnover amounted
to EUR 159.9 million (+30.6%). Among the sports games, Fixed Odds Betting,
which had been reformed the year before, experienced the greatest trend upward
(turnover EUR 234.5 million; +8.2%). The more favourable terms of play that
were introduced in August as a result of our customers wishes boosted the
sales of Football Pools.
By the end of the year, the number
of customers had increased by 16% and the turnover had gone up by 8.5% as
compared with the previous year.
Prospects for 2016
Veikkaus has made a strategic
commitment to continuous development, promotion of responsible gaming, and
cost-efficiency. The development of the domestic purchasing power and changes
in consumer behaviour continue to constitute significant sources of uncertainty
to our operations. In addition, the regulations issued by authorities on the
marketing of games seem to affect the retail sales in a negative way.
The plans for the merger of the
Finnish gaming operators Veikkaus, Finlands Slot Machine Association, and
Fintoto will be made primarily during 2016. During the transition period, it is
important that we secure smooth and high-quality customer service, as well as
the continuity of the product and service development.
Veikkaus goal in 2016 is to
improve its financial result moderately. Veikkaus projected profit
estimate in the State Budget for 2016 is EUR 537.4 million, of which EUR 520.9
million have been earmarked for return to the State. We will also return EUR
16.5 million at the minimum in undistributed prize funds from previous years to
the Ministry of Education and Culture.
We trust that our
high-level expertise, long-term development, and courage to reform will
guarantee a steady return for the benefit of all Finns even in the future. We
believe that we will reach another record-high result in 2016, says
For futher information please
CONTACT: Veikkaus Communications, tel. + 358 20 750 6355.
Lotto24 Expands Online Offering to KENO and
- Daily lottery KENO can now be typed
- Syndicates allow higher chances of
winning the Team
HAMBURG, Germany (February 4, 2016)
- Lotto24, www.lotto24.de, the leading provider of state-licensed lotteries on
the Internet, expands its product range: With KENO Lotto24 has now a more
attractive lottery in the program. The lottery offers the chance to get a
million profit. There is now the opportunity to participate in Lotto24 to
gaming communities. Customers can play together with other customers and with
little use against an individual do significantly increase the chances of
winning. Both deals are first on www.lotto24.de available, the integration into the Lotto24
apps is planned shortly.
KENO is a lottery, which offers
daily odds through to million profit. Here are drawn from 70 numbers 20, the
customer can choose between a tap and ten numbers. The amount of profit is then
dependent on the number of hits, the amount of ticked numbers and the size of
the bet. In contrast to the known lottery 6aus49 and the Euro Jackpot there are
fixed rates for KENO.
Those who use 10 euros, typed ten
numbers and these are among the 20 drawn will win 1 million euros. Even without
a single number to have correct, customers can win: Who typed eight, nine or
ten numbers and none is correct, nevertheless receives a profit. KENO is not
only is the most flexible game system in Lotto24, it also offers exceptional
odds: The probability of a grand prize is 1: 2.2 million. By comparison, there
are nearly 1 For Lotto 6aus49: 140 million.
Also new are the Syndicates that
offers Lotto24 now for Lotto 6aus49 and Euro Jackpot. By participating in
Spielgemeinschaften customers many tips with lower stakes games and thus
increase the chances of winning compared to single tip considerably. The range
meets the desire of many customers to play on the team. Lotto24 starts with
four different product types where Lotto24 customers can purchase shares. In
case of winning the profits are shared, notify all members of a syndicate and
the winnings automatically credited to the gaming account.
"With KENO and gaming
communities, we offer our customers even more variety," says Petra von
Strombeck, CEO of Lotto24 AG. "As the German market leader for online
lottery, we want to offer our customers an optimal experience. The next service
and products will therefore not be long in coming."
About Lotto24 AG:
Lotto24 is the leading German
supplier state-licensed lotteries on the Internet (www.lotto24.de). Products
include Lotto 6aus49, Spiel 77, Super 6, Euro jackpot Glücksspirale,
Syndicates and KENO. Founded in 2010 Lotto24 is now the clear market leader by
a wide margin over the competition. Nearly 900,000 customers have already
registered with Lotto24. The company is listed since 2012 on the Stock Exchange
(Prime Standard) and has its headquarters in Hamburg. As fast-growing, yet
service- and customer-oriented company, it has the right to offer its customers
a more comfortable, safe and modern gaming experience.
Press CONTACT: Lotto24 AG Verena von
Gehlen Manager Investor & Public Relations Tel: +49 (0) 40/82 22 39 - 501
E-Mail: email@example.com, Internet:
FDJ Generated Sales of 13.7 Billion (+5.4% Growth Compared to 2014) and
Started to Implement Its New Strategic Plan, FDJ 2020
BOULOGNE, France (February 8, 2016)
-- In 2015, FDJ, under the leadership of its new CEO Mrs. Stéphane
Pallez, appointed in November 2014, expanded again its sales while launching a
digital transformation with the strategic plan "FDJ 2020.
Based on its strong customer base
(26.3 million and large omni-channel distribution network (31,900 points of
sale, together with the digital channel), FDJ recorded sales of 13.7
billion in 2015, an increase of 5.4% (to be compared with +5.2% in 2014, which
included an exceptional event with the Football World Cup), more than 700
million additional sales, due to the dynamic growth of scratch games, sports
betting and digital gaming.
- 9 billion paid out to customers (overall
Return to Player of 66%, 1 point higher than 2014), 215 winners over 1
million compared to 211 in 2014 (record win of 40 million for Euro
Millions; record win of 7 million for fdj.fr)
- Sales of scratch games at 6.3 billion
- Sports betting sales at almost 2.3 billion
- Almost 690 million commission fees payed to
local neighbourhood retailers (+5.4%, increase of approximately 35
Strategic plan "FDJ 2020": first
actions implemented in 2015:
- Digital sales (retailer network and online)
increased by 19% to 570 million, or 4.1% of sales with a total of 1.3
million online customers (100,000 new online customers)
- Launch of 3 entertaining and interactive
new-generation lottery games
- 23,000 new betting terminals to digitize the
- New partners concluded with Asmodée, You
Tube/Google and Web School Factory
- 100 million invested for the digital
transformation of FDJ; 13 million invested in start-ups (Partech Ventures
- International activities: FDJ started to operate
the sports betting activity of the Portuguese lottery Santa Casa de
- FDJ launched the program "La Ola FDJ" for UEFA-Euro
2016 and undertook to support the candidature of Paris to host the 2024
- 3.1 billion redistributed to the national
community (+ 60 million compared to 2014)
- Special environment-promotion game for the benefit
of WWF on the occasion of COP 21 (2.4 million on completion)
- Reinforcement of Responsible Gaming, in particular
prevention of underage gambling during the Rugby World Cup and new
self-limiting and awareness support tool on the digital channel
- Disability: deployment of the first 200 specially
adapted retail units; the FDJ Foundation has also entered the "Tour de France
à la Voile" yachting race with the handisport skipper Damien Seguin;
partnership with the French Paralympic Committee (Comité Paralympique et
Objectives and key initiatives
- Investment of 100 million for the digital
transformation of FDJ
- Over 14 billion in sales and over 5% of
- Attract 400,000 new customers via sports betting,
in particular during UEFA Euro 2016
- Inauguration of the automated central
- New retailer sales organization deployed, to get
direct control of the network (2/3 of bets internalized by the end of 2016,
against 1/3 in 2015)
- Investment in new innovation funds for
- Digital: launch of about a dozen new-generation
online lottery games; trial deployment of a digital illiko+ scratchcard in the
retailer network; launch of new Loto and Euro mobile apps
- Expansion of the sports betting product range (8
new sports and 8 new betting formulas at points of sale, thanks to the
ParionsSport app) before the UEFA Euro 2016 football championship and the
Olympic Games in Rio
- Celebration of 40 years of the creation of the Loto
national lottery in May 2016 and special Euro Millions events in the 2nd half
of the year (exceptional draws etc.)
- Specially themed scratch games for UEFA Euro 2016
and launch of a new game with leading French TV channel TF1
- Responsible gaming: TV campaign to prevent underage
gambling before UEFA Euro 2016
Stéphane Pallez, CEO of
Française des Jeux, declared:
"The massively increasing
popularity of scratch games, sports betting and digital gaming shows that our
French clients have made a clear choice in favour of innovation and digital
technology in 2015, corresponding to FDJ's efforts to reveal the full potential
of these growth engines. The performance for this year has put FDJ in a good
position to succeed in its digital transformation on the basis of the FDJ 2020
plan. In 2016, FDJ aims to over 14 billion in sales and a share of 5% for
digital sales. The company intends also to attract 400,000 new customers via
sports betting and to accelerate its investments in innovation. The development
of our digital expertise will also reinforce our international
Detailed results: range of games
and the strategic plan FDJ 2020
France continues to be a nation
where large numbers of people bet modest sums in FDJs mass-market games
model: 26.3 million customers (26.9 in 2014) betted an average of 10 per
week (9 in 2014), or a net expenditure of 3.4.
Total player winnings increased to
9 billion (8.5 billion in 2014), representing a payout percentage
215 wins of more than 1
million were registered, with 10 wins greater than 10 million.
Although the retailer network
continues to suffer from the decline of the newsagent and tobacconist sectors,
it still boasts 31,900 points of sale (compared to 32,700 in 2014), making it
the number one community retail network in France, with a presence in 11,500
districts. The retailer network's total income reached approximately 690
million (including earnings from prize payouts), up 5.4% on 2014 (approximate
increase of +35 million), or an average of more than 21,600 per
point of sale (average per POS up +8%).
recorded sales of 11.4 billion, an increase of +3.8%, mainly due to
scratch games, which expanded by 10% and now represent 46% of total FDJ
Lottery games account for 83% of
sales. They increased by +3.8% to attain total sales of 11.4 billion
(compared to sales of 11 billion and growth of +2.9% in 2014).
The massive popularity of scratch
games in France is the main basis for the growth of lottery games
Scratch games represent 46% of FDJ's
total sales. The illiko brand passed the 6 billion mark to reach sales of
6.3 billion, an increase of 9.6% (as against 5.7 billion and +4.8%
in 2014). The twenty or so scratchcards based on a public event or a
specialized theme, whether in recurring format or one-off editions, attracted
18.6 million customers (average monthly wager of 6.5), or more than 2
billion scratchcards sold, confirming France's leading position in scratch
games and the place of FDJ as expert in the domain (world number 2).
This strong growth can be explained
by innovative new product launches, such as "Koh Lanta" (partnership with TF1),
"Miel d'or" ("Golden Honey", a digital version of a successful game on FDJ.fr),
"Solidaires pour un monde meilleur" ("Working together for a better world", a
game promoting the environment and the WWF, launched to coincide with COP
Another reason for this growth is
the expansion of the product line and the demand for jackpots, as can be seen
by the success of Cash (500,000 jackpot) with sales of 2.2 billion
(FDJ's top-selling game) and the successful launches of Jackpot (500,000
jackpot), Saphir (250,000 jackpot), Pactole (200,000 jackpot) and X
Multiplicator (1 million jackpot).
Prize-draw games suffer from the
absence of long-term cycle for Euro Millions-My Million
Draw games (Loto, Euro Millions,
Keno etc.) and express draw games (essentially the AMIGO game at points of
sale) represent 37% of FDJ sales. They recorded sales of 5.1 billion, as
against 5.2 billion in 2014, a decline of 2.7%.
- Standard draw games had sales of 3.6 billion.
20.1 million players wagered 3.5 per week. On the eve of its 40-year
anniversary to be celebrated in 2016, Loto is confirming its resistance with
sales of 1.5 billion, thanks to 5 long cycles (Loto record: 17
million won in January and November), a favourable calendar (3 Friday 13th's)
and successful events such as the UEFA Euro 2016 Jackpot on 12 December and the
launch of the Loto group game (1.7 million bets and an average of 3 players per
group). Keno remains stable at 524 million. Euro Millions-My Million
recorded sales of 1.5 billion, compared to 1.6 billion in 2014, a
drop of 11%. Despite 3 first-place Euro Millions wins in France (record
40 million in July) compared to 6 in 2014, and despite the success of My
Million, which created 146 new French millionaires (compared to 139 in 2014),
- My Million suffered from a lower jackpot level than
in 2014: average jackpot of 45 million compared to 57 million in
- Express draw games recorded sales of 1.4
billion. 3.3 million players wagered an average of 8.2 per week. Amigo,
which is the main express draw game in the FDJ range, recorded a slight
increase in sales to 1.4 billion (+1.9%). The number of players increased
by 600,000 (3.3 million players in 2015 versus 2.7 million in 2014), while the
average weekly wager decreased to 8.2 (compared to 9.8 in
with sales of 2.3 billion, has continued to grow strongly after the 2014
Football World Cup and in the run-up to UEFA Euro 2016
Sports betting accounts for sales of
almost 2.3 billion, or 17% of total FDJ sales, up 14%, which is the
largest growth rate of any FDJ product family in 2015 (compared to bets of
2 billion and growth of 20% as a result of the Football World Cup in
Sports betting attracted 3.3 million
customers in 2015 (an increase of 300,000 new players), confirming that sports
betting is now a mass-market business. The average weekly wager in 2015 was
13.2, compared to 12.7 in 2014.
2015 demonstrated the growing
interest of the French in sport, which is becoming a social phenomenon and is
benefiting the sports betting sector, as can be seen from the record TV viewing
figures for major sport events. Football, which represents 72% of sales,
continues to lead the field with the French and European championships. The
total amount in bets registered during the 2015 Rugby World Cup tripled
compared to the previous edition in 2011 (19 million compared to 6
Sports bets are available in a
network of 25,880 points of sale and increased by 14.4%. Online sports betting
grew by 10%.
FDJ is deploying
a new strategic plan called "FDJ 2020: an augmented vision of FDJ"
During the 1st half-year, Mrs.
Stéphane Pallez, CEO of FDJ since November 2014, conducted a strategic
analysis of the future of FDJ. On 1 July 2015, this important work lead the
approval by the Board of Directors of a plan titled "FDJ 2020: an augmented
vision of FDJ".
From now until 2020, FDJ will invest
more than 500 million, in particular in the transformation of its IT
system (250 million), the digitization of its network (180
million), and also in the innovation ecosystem through start-up funds.
The FDJ 2020 plan also has an
international ambition, with the goal of selling technologies and services to
operators of games of chance and/or sports betting services.
FDJ 2020 aims to attract new
customers and win back former customers through the development of digital
technology both in the physical retailer network and online. This goal involves
an open innovation approach, consisting in partnerships with leading companies
The target is to increase the number
of players by 1 million over the next 5 years, to attain a total of 27.3
million customers, with a share of 20% for digitized sales (i.e. both online
sales and physical network sales that include a digital element) and 10% of
sales from games that introduce disruptive innovation.
During the 2nd half-year, in
continuity with the actions taken during the first six months, Stéphane
Pallez started work on the implementation of the FDJ 2020 plan.
- New Partnerships in the sectors of games
(Asmodée, Europe's number 2 game publisher, 200 new games per year),
communication (YouTube/Google, to launch into video, digital media and social
networks) and open innovation (Innovation Factory from Web School Factory, in
order to enlist the younger generations, and Partech Ventures to invest
13 million in start-ups).
- New generation of entertaining, interactive and
collaborative lottery games: online launch of Gare o Loup (Watch out for the
wolf), Ruée vers l'Or (Goldrush) and Duel de cartes (Card duel) in late
2015 (games that attract a new customer base of women and young adults) and new
scratch games for mobile devices (Banco, Astro and Goal). In addition, FDJ is
witnessing sustained growth in its web-only games (e.g. the detective-themed
"Menez l'enquete"), up 10.7% in 2015.
- New digital services: the mobile sector represents
13% of digital sales and is up 1 percentage point, 1st TV campaign on digital
services, success of the new "Parions Sport" app, which enables customers to
prepare their sports bets in advance (8.5% of Parions Sport sales by the end of
2015), expansion in the range of FDJ products available on web, tablets and
Digital sales will be a key
indicator of the success of the new FDJ strategy. In 2015, digital sales
accounted for 4.1% of total sales, increasing 19% to 567 million,
compared to 3.7% sales and 478 million in 2014.
It can be noted that reinforced
control of the intermediary distribution circuit between FDJ and retailers will
tend to consolidate the network and increase the volume of digitized sales at
the point of sale (2/3 of "internalized" bets by the end of 2016).
Sales in the retailer network not
using digital services represent 96% of sales, or 13.2bn (versus
12.5bn in 2014), an increase of 5.4%.
and progressive company
The FDJ 2020 strategic plan also
reinforces the company's CSR policy in terms of the economic, social and
environmental impacts of its activity.
A model of redistribution and
Since its creation in 1933, FDJ has
been founded on a model of redistribution of income for the benefit of all. In
2015, 95% of betting revenue was distributed to: customers (66%), the
intermediary distribution network and retailers (6%) and the national community
The total contribution to the
national community in 2015 was 3.1 billion (+ 61 million),
including more than 230 million to promote sports for all (Centre
National du Développement du Sport) and to renovate the French stadiums
to be used in UEFA Euro 2016.
On the occasion of COP21, FDJ
launched a one-off scratch game on the theme of "working together for a better
world" ("Solidaires pour un monde meilleur"), promoting preservation of the
planet, with profits going to WWF (up to 2.4 million redistributed to the
organization by the time game sales end in the course of 2016). In the same
spirit, FDJ is continuing its efforts to reduce CO2 emissions: - 30% between
2007 and 2014.
FDJ has maintained its sports
commitments: funding of sport for all (more than 230 million in 2015) and
financing of construction or renovation of the stadiums that will host UEFA
Euro 2016 (150 million from 2011 to 2017), the campaign against
corruption in sports (appointment of an Integrity Officer) and the promotion of
French sports (undertaking of FDJ to support the Paris bid to host the 2024
Olympics, victory of FDJ cyclist Thibaut Pinot on the Alpe d'Huez section of
the Tour de France etc.).
The company is also committed to a
policy of Diversity:
- Gender equality: signature of a new company-wide
agreement in support of equal advancement, with the long-term objective that
the proportion of women in senior management should be the same as overall in
the company, i.e. 44% in 2015.
- FDJ, which for the 3rd consecutive year recorded an
employment level of more than 6% for persons of impaired ability, has set
itself the target of attaining this level for the entire Group by 2020 (total
of 1,800 employees in 2015, with the subsidiaries FDP, LVS etc.);
- New specially adapted retail facilities at its
points of sale (200 already deployed, 26,000 by 2020);
- Participation of the FDJ Foundation in the yachting
race "Tour de France à la Voile" with handisport skipper Damien
- Signature of a partnership with the French
Paralympics Committee (Comité Paralympique et Sportif Français).
A balanced gaming model
The FDJ 2020 plan reinforces the
company's commitments concerning responsible gaming, making use of the
potential offered by digital technology. A new version of the Playscan software
in 2015 provided support to players on the digital channel, with the
possibility of individually programming controls on their gaming habits and
also setting personal limits. A Big Data pilot project is in progress.
In addition to maintaining its links
with civil society (for example the family and teacher information and support
network "Fédération Nationale des Ecole des Parents et
Educateurs" etc.), universities (Université Paris Descartes) and NGOs
(SOS Joueurs, E-enfance etc.), FDJ in 2015 reinforced its actions for the
prevention of underage gambling, in particular during the Rugby World Cup and
during its Summer Tour, together with its actions in favour of a recreational
approach to gambling (communication campaign on TV to promote gambling
Close monitoring of games and the
integrity of the network remain top priorities. More than 32,000 inspections of
points of sale were carried out in 2015 to verify their conformity to the
security, customer relations and responsible gaming requirements of FDJ. To
reward best practise, a total of 25 million was paid out in responsible
gaming bonuses to retailers in the network.
Wants You to Play Smart
Playsmart is a
Comprehensive Gambling Education Resource
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada (February
8, 2016) -- Does buying more lottery tickets for a big jackpot help your
chances of winning? Is there such a thing as a hot slot
machine? The answer to these questions and more can now be found by using
a new program from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) called
PlaySmart is a suite of innovative
resources providing our customers with tools, advice and information to help
them play smart.
As global leader in Responsible
Gambling (RG), OLG has designed PlaySmart to become Ontarios most
relevant and comprehensive gambling education resource.
PlaySmarts goal is to help
gamblers, new and seasoned, to better understand key gambling concepts, to know
how the games work, and to base their play budgets on informed choices. In the
coming years, OLG will expand PlaySmart by adding more resources it currently
provides directly to players.
PlaySmart builds on
OLGs years of experience developing and managing Responsible Gambling
programs, says Paul Pellizzari, OLGs Executive Director Policy
& Social Responsibility.
Its important to
realize that all players can benefit from understanding the games they play. We
want to provide the right information to the right players at the right time.
We want you to play smart to keep gambling fun.
Examples of PlaySmart tools and
- PlaySmart.ca: An online resource, providing
Ontarians with comprehensive gambling education about how games work.
- My PlaySmart Tools: Slots outfitted with
technology to allow the player to set spending and time thresholds on their
- ATM Messaging: ATM screens at pilot gaming
sites updated with useful tips from Credit Canada to encourage players to
reflect on gambling spend.
- Educational print and digital messages: Customers
can access PlaySmart at all OLGs lines of business
- Slots and Casinos, lottery retailers, PlayOLG.ca
and at 31 Charitable Gaming Centres across the province.
Also, other existing RG programs,
such as the Responsible Gambling Resource Centres at 53 slot, casino and
charitable gaming centres in Ontario will be redeveloped as PlaySmart
While PlaySmart helps
people make better informed decisions about gambling, for players who have more
serious issues with gambling, OLG provides information, assistance and
referrals to free support services across the province, said Mr.
In 2015, OLG's RG program was
acknowledged by the World Lottery Association (WLA) as the Best Overall
Responsible Gaming Program in the world. In addition, all OLG Slots and Casinos
have earned RG Check accreditation by the Responsible Gambling Council. RG
Check is recognized as the most rigorous Responsible Gambling (RG)
accreditation program in the world.
More information is available on
PlaySmart.ca, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
OLG is a provincial agency
responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the
PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic
gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975,
OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario.
OLGs annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of
hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur
sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.
OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the
TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.
CONTACT: Olg Media Relations, Phone:
Europe Keep Crime out of Sport Project
European Lotteries Association
(EL) Joins a Strong Network of Partners in a Far-Reaching Pan-European Project
on Sports Integrity
LAUSANNE, Brussels (February 2016)
-- The project Keep Crime out of Sport Together against sports
competitions manipulations (KCOOS), led by the Council of Europe, and
funded by the European Commission and the Council of Europe was inaugurated on
9-10 February in Brussels. The project will seek to explore innovative
approaches aimed at fighting the manipulation of sports competitions, promote
the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions
(the Convention), raise awareness and exchange experience and good practices on
the fight against match fixing and illegal betting, assist with the
transposition of Convention requirements into states and encourage better
The Convention provides for a
complete set of provisions that address different issues, such as education and
prevention, domestic co-ordination, good governance principles and conflict of
interests, exchange of information, setting up of national platforms, criminal
sanctions etc. The Convention also facilitates the effective fight against
illegal betting, (any sports betting activity whose type or operator is
not allowed under the applicable law of the jurisdiction where the consumer is
located), as it invites Parties to consider adopting measures against
illegal betting, like IP blocking, payments blocking and advertising ban.
EL President Hansjörg
Höltkemeier states: Driven by our core principles: integrity,
solidarity and precaution, EL has been in the forefront of the fight against
match-fixing for years and this project is fully in line with the
aforementioned principles. The Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation
of Sport Competitions is currently the most elaborate initiative world-wide
against match-fixing and EL encourages all states to consider signing it. EL,
as an associated partner of the project, will be actively supporting and
contributing to the project activities, which we are convinced, will constitute
a very positive step in the on-going fight against match-fixing and illegal
Through the KCOOS, the Council of
Europe and the project partners, shall provide maximum visibility and
information on the Convention in order to encourage further signatures and
notably ratifications. The development of capacity building in terms of the
implementation of the Convention, which includes support to the setting up of
national platforms and regulatory authorities, the facilitation of exchange of
information and the strengthening of the institutional capacity of relevant
authorities, is a key element of this project.
To find out more about the project
CONTACT: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The project can be followed on twitter: @KCOOS_coe
EL CONTACTS: Evangelos Alexandrakis,
EL Sport Executive Secretary, Lausanne,
Tel: + 41.(0)21.311.30.25,
or Jutta Buyse, EL General Delegate, Brussels, Tel: + 32.(0)188.8.131.52,
About European Lotteries
European Lotteries (EL) is the
European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance
for the public benefit. EL has members from 45 European countries including all
28 EU Member States.
The associations EU members
contribute more than 20 billion p.a. to the state budgets and the
funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of
general interest. Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members
only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are
licensed by the respective national government.
SOURCE: European Lotteries (EL).
National Lottery Operator Uses eGains Chat and Knowledge Management
Solutions to Enhance Digital Customer Service Experience
SUNNYVALE, CA and Slough, UK
(February 1, 2016) -- eGain (NASDAQ: EGAN), the leading provider of cloud-based
customer engagement solutions, today announced that Camelot UK Lotteries
Limited (Camelot) has selected it for proactive, knowledge-guided
consumer web chat as part of the companys ongoing digital transformation
Camelot operates the UK National
Lottery, which is Europes most cost-efficient major lottery as well as
the largest online lottery in Europe in terms of sales.
In operating The National Lottery,
Camelot delivers, on average, over £34 million each week to Good Causes
and, to date, National Lottery players have raised over £34 billion for
With over seven million players,
national-lottery.co.uk is one of the top 10 e-commerce sites in the UK.
However, much of its customer service is currently provided over the phone.
As the first step, Camelot has
deployed eGain Superchat to provide real-time service to players, while
making intelligent, contextual offers for service.
Moreover, the deployment will
include eGains award-winning omnichannel knowledge platform, which will
enable Camelot to provide intelligent and consistent service across voice and
digital touchpoints, while further improving efficiencies by shifting
interactions from voice to digital.
Digital and knowledge are a
one-two punch in transforming customer service, said Ashu Roy, eGain
CEO. We look forward to helping Camelot with its digital journey in
order to boost revenue, reduce costs, and contribute even more to the Good
Cause projects that the UK National Lottery was set up to
eGain customer engagement solutions
power digital transformation for leading brands. Our top-rated cloud
applications for social, mobile, web, and contact centers help clients deliver
connected customer journeys in a multichannel world.
To learn more about us, visit
Kentucky Lottery Looking for the 2016 Festival Fanatic
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (February 11,
2016) -- The Kentucky Derby Festival and Kentucky Lottery are joining forces to
name someone the 2016 Festival Fanatic! One lucky winner, as part of a
second-chance promotion, will have the opportunity to claim nine individual
Festival experiences ranging from VIP treatment and a ride down Broadway in the
Republic Bank Pegasus Parade to being the Thundernator for the Festivals
Opening Ceremonies the person who activates the fireworks sequence and
starts Thunder Over Louisville.
The Festival Fanatic
promotion is unique in that one of our players will win a group of experiences
unlike anything else we could ever offer. You cant buy this
stuff! said Chip Polston, Vice President of Communications for the
Kentucky Lottery Corporation.
Every year we look forward
to meeting our Festival Fanatic, and this year is no exception. Its
always so much fun to see our winner get to kick off Thunder, ride in a hot air
balloon, be a VIP at countless events
this promotion truly creates a
lifetime of Derby Festival memories.
To enter the promotion, players must
sign-in or register for a Fun Club Rewards account at kylottery.com.
Players must be in compliance with all requirements of the Fun Club Rewards
existing account in order to submit tickets to enter a promotion. Once
logged in, a player will be able to submit an eligible Lucky for Life ticket
worth $2 or more for a chance to be named Festival Fanatic. (Lucky for Life
tickets must be purchased between February 15, and March 24, 2016 to be
eligible.) All entries must be received by 11:59 P.M. E.S.T. on March 26,
The drawing for the Festival
Fanatic will take place on March 30. The prize package includes nine
Derby Festival experiences. Some of those prizes include being the 2016
Thunder Over Louisville Thundernator, a hot air balloon ride, seats on
Millionaires Row during Celebrity Day at the Downs and $500 spending
money! For a complete list of prizes, visit
Being the Festival Fanatic
is the experience of a lifetime, said Mike Berry, KDF President &
CEO. Weve enlisted the help of the Kentucky Lottery, because
theyre the best in the business at giving away valuable prizes. We
cant wait to meet the winner and share with them the excitement Festival
brings to Louisville.
Thunder Over Louisville the
Derby Festivals Opening Ceremonies is one of nearly 70 events
produced by the Derby Festival in the spring. The 2016 show is set for
Saturday, April 23, and will be the will be the 27th annual production.
The Kentucky Derby Festival is an
independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400
businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.
It entertains more than 1.5 million people in a two-to three-week period every
SOURCE: The Kentucky Derby Festival
Championship Royals Trophy Coming to Kansas
TOPEKA, Kansas (February 11, 2016)
-- The 2015 World Championship Royals Trophy is on its way to Kansas next
week! Presented by the Kansas Lottery and the Missouri Lottery. the
Kansas City Royals World Series Powerball Trophy Tour is visiting locations
throughout the Midwest this month.
In conjunction with sponsors Academy
Sports + Outdoors, Pepsi and Planet Fitness, the trophy is making several stops
across Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska.
Island 9 - 11 August 2016
Fans can see the trophy in person at
each stop and also have their photo taken with the trophy on a first-come,
To see the entire schedule of Trophy
Tour steps, visit www.royals.com/trophytour.
In order to accommodate as many
people as possible, photo opportunities will only be available as either an
individual or group shot.
Fans will also have the opportunity
to have a professional photo taken and can purchase those photos on-site and
online at www.royals.com. A
portion of all professional photo purchases benefit Royals Charities.
At the four locations presented by
the Kansas Lottery (Pittsburg, Hays, Hutchinson and Topeka), Kansas Lottery
representatives will be handing out Kansas Lottery squishy baseballs while
supplies last, along with information on a new Royals instant game the Kansas
Lottery is launching in April.
At select stops, the trophy will be
joined by Sluggerrr and KayCee, the Royals Hall of Fame baseball character.
Fans attending the Trophy Tour can
also receive a free Pepsi Cherry Vanilla courtesy of Pepsi Cola while supplies
CONTACT: Sally Lunsford, Director of
Public Affairs, Kansas Lottery, Email:
SOURCE: Kansas Lottery.
Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Release January
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (February8, 2016)
- After ending 2015 on a positive note, the AGEM Index reported a decline in
the first month of 2016, largely due to broader market declines that emerged.
The composite index stood at 188.46 at the close of January 2016, which
represents a decline of 8.86 points, or 4.5 percent, when compared to December
2015. However, compared to a year ago, the AGEM Index reported an increase of
6.57 points, or 3.6 percent, in the latest period.
In January, 10 of the 14 global
gaming equipment manufacturers reported month-to-month declines in stock price,
with three down by more than 30 percent. Of the four manufacturers who reported
gains in stock price during the month, only one was up by more than five
The broader stock markets
experienced increased volatility and material declines during the month, with
each of the major indices down more than five percent when compared to December
2015. The S&P 500 ended January 2016 at 1,940.24, which represents a
decline of 5.1 percent from the prior period. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
reported a 5.5-percent decrease, falling to 16,466.30. NASDAQ experienced the
greatest decline, falling 7.9 percent to 4,613.95.
Selected positive contributors to
the January 2016 AGEM Index included the following:
With a stock price of EUR 1.19 (+1.7
percent), INTRALOT S.A. (INLOT) contributed 0.10 points.
Astro Corp. (3064) contributed 0.03
points, due to its 7.7-percent increase in stock price to NT$19.60.
Selected negative contributors
included the following:
- International Game Technology PLC (IGT) contributed
negative 3.77 points, due to a 10.6-percent decline in stock price to
- Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) reported a
stock price of $5.92 (-34.0 percent) and contributed negative 2.15 points.
- With a stock price of $2.81 (-36.0 percent), Everi
Holdings Inc. (EVRI) contributed negative 0.83 points.
Gaming equipment manufacturers are
continuing to witness the effects of consolidation within the industry. During
the past two years, there have been a handful of major mergers, including Bally
Technologies' purchase of SHFL Entertainment, Scientific Games Corporation's
(SGMS) acquisition of WMS Industries and Bally Technologies, Global Cash
Access' purchase of Multimedia Games, and the merger between International Game
Technology (IGT) and GTECH Holdings. There have been a number of smaller
mergers, acquisitions and corporate consolidations within the gaming equipment
manufacturing industry as well.
Most recently, Ainsworth Game
Technology (AGI) completed its acquisition of Nova Technologies, LLC in January
2016. Based in South Carolina, Nova Technologies is a Class II slot
manufacturer that provides machines to Native American casinos. The acquisition
was the third purchase of a Class II slot company to occur since the end of
2014. In October 2014, Aristocrat Technologies (ALL) completed its $1.3 billion
purchase of Video Gaming Technologies, Inc. American Gaming Systems followed in
June 2015 by completing its $382 million acquisition of Cadillac Jack.
Ainsworth purchased Nova
Technologies for $38 million, giving the company an opportunity to expand
within the Native American gaming market. The acquisition brings the total
number of gaming units Ainsworth operates in North America to over 2,800, with
1,425 units coming directly from Nova Technologies.
Nova's slot manufacturing business
will be transferred to Ainsworth's new 291,000-square-foot headquarters in Las
Vegas, Nevada, which is currently under construction with completion expected
in the second quarter of 2016.
International Game Technology (IGT)
continues to undergo major changes following its $6.4 billion merger with GTECH
Holdings. In December, the company finalized the sale of its headquarters in
southwest Las Vegas to Panattoni Development for $75 million. The
610,000-square-foot building, which sits on nearly 38 acres, sold less than a
year after being listed. IGT signed a long-term lease for the
300,000-square-foot office space, and the roughly 300,000-square-foot warehouse
will be marketed for lease. The company also announced manufacturing facility
closures in Coventry, Rhode Island, Canada and Austria.
IGT will be consolidating its
manufacturing operations into its 1.2-million-square-foot facility in Reno,
Nevada. The company's corporate headquarters is located in London, and it is
maintaining operating headquarters in Las Vegas, Rome and Providence, Rhode
Corporate consolidations within the
gaming equipment manufacturing sector are not unusual. Similar to other
industries, the recent trends provide an opportunity for emerging technologies
and brands to reach a broader audience and leverage existing
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 organization. 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
For More Information, CONTACT:
Marcus Prater, Executive Director, Phone: 702.812.6932.
SOURCE: The Association of Gaming
Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM).
Despite Severe Winter Storm Pennsylvania Slot Machine Revenue
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (February
5, 2016) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today posted on its web site
the monthly report for total gross revenue and tax revenue generated from the
play of slot machines at casinos during January.
According to the report, gross
revenue from slot machines at the 12 casinos rose 2.1% in January of this year
to $184,811,874 compared to the $180,963,004 in gross revenue that was
generated in January 2015.
Prior to the winter storm blanketing
most of Pennsylvania during the next to last weekend of the month, slots casino
revenue was up almost 5% when comparing the first 21 days of January 2016
against January 2015. While most casinos were able to remain open during the
storm, difficulties for patrons in reaching the facilities led to weekend
revenues that were much lower than normal.
Gross slot machine revenue for each
of the casinos is as follows, with the percentage change reflected over the
|| January 2016
|| January 2015
|| % change
| Mohegan Sun Pocono
| Parx Casino
| Harrah's Philadelphia Casino
| Presque Isle Downs and
| The Meadows Racetrack and
| Mount Airy Casino Resort
| Hollywood Casino at Penn
National Race Course
| Sands Casino Resort
| Rivers Casino
| SugarHouse Casino
| Valley Forge Casino Resort
| Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin
| Statewide Total
Tax revenue in January of this
year was $98,750,980*.
The average number of slot machines
operating throughout Pennsylvania was 26,229 in January 2016 compared to 26,355
in January 2015.
*Tax revenue figures reflect amount
generated prior to any adjustments by the PA Department of Revenue
About the Pennsylvania Gaming
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control
Board was established in 2004 and is tasked to oversee all aspects of the
states casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in
operation, along with the two resort casinos. These facilities
collectively employ over 17,000 people and generate an average of $3.7 million
per day in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest
portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania
homeowners with additional tax revenue going to the horse racing industry,
economic development projects, fire companies, county fairs, water and sewer
projects, the Commonwealths General Fund, and to local governments that
Additional information about both
the PGCBs regulatory efforts and Pennsylvanias casino gaming
industry can be found at:
You can also follow the agency on
Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.
SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming
Casinos Generate $88.36 Million in Revenue During January
Baltimore, Maryland (February 5,
2016) Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced January 2016 revenue
numbers for the states five casinos Hollywood Casino Perryville in
Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean
Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, and
Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County. January 2016s combined
statewide revenue totaled $88,361,884.
Hollywood Casino Perryville
generated $5,513,627 from both slot machines and table games in January.
Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $181.96 for slot machines, $1,770.08
for banking table games and $293.91 for non-banking table games.
Hollywood Casinos January 2016 revenue decreased by $489,577, or 8.2%,
from January 2015. Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 844 slot machines
and 22 (12 banking and 10 non-banking) table games.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated
$23,652,019 from both slot machines and table games in January. Gross gaming
revenue per unit per day was: $180.59 for slot machines, $2263.82 for banking
table games and $906.03 for non-banking table games. Horseshoe Casinos
January 2016 revenue increased by $494,231, or 2.1%, from January 2015.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates
2,202 slot machines and 176 (151 banking and 25 non-banking) table games.
Maryland Live Casino generated
$52,145,821 from both slot machines and table games in January. Gross
gaming revenue per unit per day was: $253.16 for slot machines, $3,937.37 for
banking table games and $1,320.11 for non-banking table games. Maryland
Lives January 2016 revenue increased by $2,693,600, or 5.5%, from January
2015. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,974 slot machines and 206 (154 banking
and 52 non-banking) table games.
Casino at Ocean Downs generated
$3,721,728 from slot machines in January, and its gross gaming revenue per unit
per day was $149.84.
Casino at Ocean Downs January
2016 revenue increased by $342,097, or 10.1%, from January 2015. Casino
at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines, and does not have table games.
Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated
$3,328,688 from both slot machines and table games in January. Gross
gaming revenue per unit per day was: $139.91 for slot machines and $995.04 for
banking table games.
This facility does not have
non-banking table games.
Rocky Gap Casino Resorts
January 2016 revenue increased by $354,813, or 11.9%, from January 2015. Rocky
Gap Casino Resort operates 631 slot machines and 19 table games.
In a year-to-year comparison,
January 2016 casino revenue increased from January 2015 by $3,395,164, or
4%. See attached document (or click HERE) for a detailed breakdown of
January 2016s fund disbursement, fiscal year-to-date totals for the
individual casinos and combined state total.
Maryland Lottery and Gaming is
responsible for all matters relating to regulation of the states
casinos. In this regulatory role, the agency oversees all internal
controls, auditing, security, surveillance, background investigation, licensing
and accounting procedures for the facilities.
To keep Marylanders informed and
maintain integrity and transparency in its regulation of the states
casinos, Maryland Lottery and Gaming posts monthly financial reports on casino
revenue on its website, gaming.mdlottery.com.
For Information, CONTACT: Carole
Everett, 410-230-8725 (office), 410-365-6384 (cell), Email:
SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and