Signs New Contract with the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission To Supply A
New Central Gaming System And Terminal Applications, And Internet Website,
Following Competitive Procurement
LONDON, U.K. (December 5, 2016) --
International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) announced that its subsidiary, IGT
Global Solutions Corporation (with International Game Technology PLC,
hereinafter IGT or the Company), has signed a new
contract with the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission (Massachusetts
Lottery or Lottery) to provide a new central gaming system,
terminal software applications, and an integrated Internet website to display
general Lottery information, as well as for marketing and player convenience
purposes, following a competitive procurement. IGT provided the Lotterys
existing central gaming system and lottery terminals in 1996. Over the years,
IGT has installed self-service vending machines and currently prints a portion
of the Lotterys instant tickets.
We look forward to
continuing to support one of the worlds most successful lotteries as it
modernizes and positions itself for future growth in an ever-evolving
environment, said Jay Gendron, IGT Senior Vice President, WLA North
America Lottery. With this latest technology, we hope to assist the
Lottery in achieving even greater efficiency and success in the years
Under the terms of the product sale
with the Massachusetts Lottery, IGT will provide project management and system
integration responsibilities for all aspects of the Lotterys gaming
system conversion. The Company will convert the Lotterys existing central
gaming and back-office systems to IGTs latest systems solutions including
a comprehensive business intelligence and analytics tool that provides insights
across all sales channels. IGT will also provide technology transfer services
to enable Lottery personnel to maintain and support the provided software. In
addition, IGT will work with the Massachusetts Lottery to improve its presence
on the Internet and enhance its customer relationship management.
The Massachusetts Lottery generated
record sales of $5.234 billion in its fiscal year 2016 and ranks number one in
the world in per capita sales.
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader
in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all
channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to
Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content,
substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence,
operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions
anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a
well-established local presence and relationships with governments and
regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by
adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility.
IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit
Contact: Robert K. Vincent,
Corporate Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT- 7452; outside
U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452 James Hurley, Investor Relations, (401) 392-7190
Simone Cantagallo, (+39) 06 51899030; for Italian media inquiries
INTRALOT Announce Sports Betting Platform Strategic
ATHENS, Greece (December 3, 2016) --
INTRALOT and AMELCO announce the signing of a binding MoU forming a strategic
partnership and leveraging AMELCO's state-of-the-art sports betting software
platform. This move is expected to address market opportunities by combining in
a single novel solution the strong retail expertise of INTRALOT with AMELCO's
betting platform's state-of-the-art functionalities. The Definitive Agreement
between the two parties is expected to be finalized within 1Q17.
Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, INTRALOT
Group CEO, stated: "Partnering with AMELCO is a milestone development for
the evolution of INTRALOT's sports-betting offering and our capability to
enhance our leading position in a fast growing sports betting market around the
world, across all channels. We see in AMELCO the right partner towards this
AMELCO owner and founder Mr. Damian
Walton said: "Our agreement with INTRALOT is an important recognition of the
high caliber of our betting platform and a tremendous opportunity for us to
access world markets through INTRALOT's wide and prestigious client base and
expertise. We look forward working closer with INTRALOT management and
technical teams to tap growth opportunities through world-class products and
INTRALOT, a public listed company
established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active
in 55 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With 1.91 billion
turnover and a global workforce of more than 5,200 employees in 2015.
INTRALOT is an innovation - driven
corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience. The
company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations
across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise.
Through the use of a dynamic and
omni-channel approach, INTRALOT offers an integrated portfolio of best-in-class
gaming systems and product solutions & services addressing all gaming
verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT). Players can enjoy a seamless
and personalized experience through exciting games and premium content across
multiple delivery channels, both retail and interactive.
INTRALOT has been awarded with the
prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery
Association (WLA) for its global lottery operations.
More info: Ms. Dimitra Tzimou,
Corporate Relations Manager, Telephone:: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800,
email: firstname.lastname@example.org - www.intralot.com
AMELCO builds bespoke trading and
sportsbook solutions tailored to its customers' specifications. The company was
established in 2006 on the back of technical and industry expertise gained from
development experience building software solutions for pricing, trading and
execution platforms offering electronic brokering services to the global
banking sector. AMELCO's enterprise sports betting trading solution is now
recognized as market leading within the industry.
More info: Mr. Paul Manning email:
email@example.com - www.amelco.co.uk
System Conversion Success Continues for Scientific Games in Puerto
Integration of Instant
Game Management Services Key to Growth
LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA - December 6,
2016 - Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the
"Company") today announced that its next generation AEGIS gaming system
is now powering Lotería Electrónica de Puerto Rico (the
"Lotería Electrónica") after a successful systems conversion in
November. The technology conversion took place in just four months as part of
the Company's new, eight-year systems contract which began July 1, 2016. The
contract was awarded by the Lotería Electrónica following a
competitive procurement process, and includes sales and marketing services.
Along with the new, advanced systems technology in Puerto Rico, Scientific
Games also launched the lottery industry's first single ticket accounting
program for instant games in the U.S. as well as a new retail Keno game.
To support Lotería
Electrónica's continued revenue growth, Scientific Games launched its
global market leading Cooperative Services Program (CSP) for instant game
management. Integrating game portfolio planning, analytics, inside sales,
packaging, warehousing and retail distribution, CSP is used by more than 20
lotteries globally, including nine of the Top 15 lotteries in the world for
instant game per capita sales (La Fleur's Almanac).
Pat McHugh, Senior Vice President,
Global Lottery Systems for Scientific Games, said, "Despite challenging
economic conditions, Lotería Electrónica has a very strong brand
in Puerto Rico and offers players one of the top performing draw game
portfolios in the industry. Scientific Games is honored to be a trusted partner
in their remarkable success. We appreciate the continued confidence in our
games, innovative products, technology and services to maximize profits for
Lotería Electrónica and their retailers."
As part of the systems conversion,
Scientific Games implemented a new, comprehensive suite of retail technologies,
innovative products and services that support Lotería
Electrónica's strategic plans across all product lines to meet Puerto
Rico's evolving consumer needs and maximize total sales and profits in the
coming years. To maximize sales uptime, the conversion also included a new dual
communications network for Lotería Electrónica retailers across
Núñez, Assistant Secretary of the Puerto Rico Lotteries, said,
"The system conversion we implemented for Lotería Electrónica
de Puerto Rico was part of a long-term strategic growth plan that included
integrating our draw and instant game technologies so that our products are
more convenient for our retailers to sell, more accessible to our players, and
more efficient for the Lotería Electrónica to manage. Scientific
Games' conversion went live with great success, and this is an important step
forward to support our growth in the coming years."
Since 2005, Scientific Games has
provided the lottery gaming system in the U.S. territory with a population of
3.5 million. Since switching to the Company's systems technology,
Lotería Electrónica has grown sales more than 55 percent and
profits to the Puerto Rico Government by 64 percent, and has become one of the
top 10 performing lotteries in U.S. for draw games per capita sales. The
Lotería Electrónica reported nearly $492 million in total sales
in fiscal year 2015-16.Scientific Games provides products, technology and
services to more than 150 lotteries worldwide, including nearly every North
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 us at www.scientificgames.com.
Investor Relations: Bill Pfund, T:
Lottery Communications: Therese
Minella,T: (770) 825-4219.
SOURCE: Scientific Games
NOVOMATIC Successfully Completed Acquisition of Albanian
Gumpoldskirchen, Austria (December
1, 2016) -- NOVOMATIC, Europes leading Gaming Technology Group, yesterday
completed the final required steps for the successful acquisition of the
Albanian National Lottery.
Following a tender carried out in
2012, Lotaria Kombëtare had been granted a ten-year license to establish,
operate and manage the Albanian National Lottery. With the completion of the
acquisition, NOVOMATIC continues to systematically strengthen its lottery
business. With its expertise as a provider of lottery system solutions, it will
ensure the successful operation of the Albanian National Lottery.
Eastern and South Eastern
Europe are among the core markets in which NOVOMATIC has established an
excellent position due to its early commitments. With the successful completion
of the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Lotaria Kombëtare, we intend
to further enhance this position and to implement our strategy as a
full-service provider for the gaming industry in this region, as
well, stated Harald Neumann, CEO of NOVOMATIC AG.
Lotaria Kombëtare complements
NOVOMATICs portfolio with its reliable, secure and high-quality lottery
products with high payouts and considerable chances of winning.
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 concepts.
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
Florida Lottery Has Best November on Record
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (December 2,
2016) -- The Florida Lottery announces its strongest November ever, with record
sales for the month totaling over $489 million, an all-time record high. This
represents an increase over last year's November sales of 9.5 percent. Ticket
sales during the month of November generated approximately $127 million in
contributions to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).
"With the support of our players
and retailers, the Florida Lottery is able to go above and beyond in fulfilling
its mission of maximizing revenues to education in Florida," said Florida
Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie. "Our players should feel good knowing
that each time they play the Florida Lottery, it's a win for education; these
record sales translate into millions of additional dollars for Florida's
students and schools."
The Lottery's November sales figures
represent all product offerings, with Scratch-Off sales being primarily
responsible for the record numbers; sales of Scratch-Off tickets alone exceeded
$327 million. Draw games accounted for more than $162 million in sales.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $30 billion to education and sending more than
750,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The
Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy
through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and
transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than
$52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more
information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Laboratories International (GLI®) Performs Mexicos Loteria Nacional
para la Asistencia Pública WLA-SCS Audit
LAKEWOOD, NJ (December 7, 2016)
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is pleased to announce that
it has performed the World Lottery Association Security Control Standard
(WLA-SCS) audit for the Loteria Nacional para la Asistencia Pública
(Lotenal), Mexicos national lottery.
As an associate member of the World
Lottery Association (WLA) and official WLA certification service entity, GLI
deploys experienced WLA-SCS auditors, accredited by the WLA Security and Risk
Management Committee, in continued support of the lottery industry.
GLIs Director of Latin America
and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development Karen Marcela
Sierra-Hughes said, GLI was honored by Mexicos Loteria Nacional
para la Asistencia Pública choosing our expertise and knowledge in this
very important process to renew their WLA-SCS certification. GLI not only
brings its unsurpassed technical expertise, but also its rounded lottery
industry experience to its clients. This perfect combination allows for
lotteries to benefit from an audit that is scoped to its line of business,
achieving not only its objective to receive the WLA-SCS certification, but also
to apply continuous improvement to their different areas for success. This
audit shows the Lotenal Mexicos continued efforts to comply with higher
standards to guarantee transparency and integrity in their
The WLA-SCS certificate was granted
to Mexicos Loteria Nacional para la Asistencia Pública at the
World Lottery Summit 2016 in Singapore.
WLA-SCS is the lottery sectors
only internationally recognized security standard that allows for lottery
entities to adhere to a set of guidelines that are considered best industry
practice. While ISO27001 is a prerequisite for the certification, the WLA-SCS
standards are specific to the lottery industry and are audited and evaluated by
a separate scope.
The audit and certification process
enables lotteries to benefit from GLIs decades of experience specific to
the lottery industry and build on observations and continuous improvement to
support the mitigation of risks and preventative measures to protect the
GLIs WLA lottery services also
include WLA-SCS training and assessments.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs laboratory locations are found on six
continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for
compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical
competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more
information, visit www.gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of
Worldwide Marketing, +1 (702) 914-2220 or
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Draw for Earthquake Relief
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (November 30,
2016) -- A pecial Lotto Draw is to raise funds for Kaikoura/Hurunui earthquake
The draw will be held on Saturday
10 December to raise funds for the Kaikoura/Hurunui earthquake relief efforts,
Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne announced today. The draw will include
the Lotto family of games, Lotto, Powerball and Strike.
Raising money for the
community is the fundamental purpose of Lotto New Zealand, with over $3.5
million in community funding being raised each week.
It is only fitting
therefore, that profits from next Saturdays special draw go towards
relief efforts in Kaikoura/Hurunui and surrounding regions affected by the
Profits from the Lotto draw
will help support the affected communities to recover and following the
magnitude 7.8 November 14 earthquake, said Mr Dunne.
A similar special Lotto draw was
held in March 2011 in the wake of the devastating Canterbury earthquake,
resulting in over $8 million in lottery funding being allocated to the
Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.
The generosity of New
Zealanders in 2011 was heartening and provided much needed support to the
Sadly, its now our
Kaikoura/Hurunui communities that have been the worst affected following the
latest earthquakes. All profits from this special draw will go a long way to
help Kaikoura/Hurunui rebuild so I encourage all New Zealanders to support this
I want to thank Lotto NZ
and the Lotteries Commission and Grants Board for enabling this to
happen, Mr Dunne said.
The Lottery Grants Board distributes
the profits of games run by New Zealand Lotteries to a range of regional,
national and statutory bodies, and lottery funding is important funding in
building strong, sustainable communities in New Zealand.
SOURCE: Press Release NZ Govt.
Integrity Conference as Part of the International Sports Convention
Key stakeholders call
upon the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on Manipulation
of Sport Competitions, welcoming the significant contribution of Lotteries to
LAUSANNE / BRUSSELS (December 7,
2016) -- Major stakeholders in the fight against match fixing, convened in
Geneva today on December 7, 2016 for the Sports Integrity Conference, which was
part of the two-day International Sports Convention 2016 (ISC) and was
supported by the European Lotteries (EL) and the World Lottery Association
(WLA). More than 20 international speakers, of a diverse background, discussed
the state of on-going work, facts and figures, and lessons learned from past
cases and investigations, as well as forward-looking strategies.
The stakeholders agreed that the
entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of
Sports Competitions is now essential, and even more states need to start
developing their national platforms.
The significant contribution of
Lotteries in the fight against match-fixing through the provision of
information on irregular betting patterns via their risk management systems and
the establishment of the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) was
highlighted and welcomed.
Commenting on the Sports Integrity
Conference, Chairman of EL Sport Committee, Torbjørn Almlid, noted
It is clear that the setting up of national platforms, cooperation and
sharing of information among all relevant stakeholders, as also required by the
Macolin Convention, are vital for the fight against the phenomenon. Lotteries
all over Europe are already actively contributing towards this direction. As
highlighted by many speakers, though, illegal betting operators pose obstacles
and undermine the efficient information sharing among the national actors and
it is vital that states need take concrete measures against illegal
Council of Europe Convention on Manipulation of Sport
For further information please
CONTACT: Jutta Buyse, Deputy Secretary General, Brussels
Tel: + 32.(0)126.96.36.199,
or Evangelos Alexandrakis, EL Sport Executive Secretary, Lausanne
Tel: + 41(0)21.311.30.25,
European Lotteries (EL)
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).
Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling Joins
BRUSSELS, Belgium (December 3, 2016)
-- The EGBA and the Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG) are
pleased to announce that OVWG has joined EGBA as its newest member as per 2
Claus Retschitzegger, President of
the OVWG said: "OVWG faces many challenges on the Austrian market and
joining the EGBA will strengthen our position both in Austria and on EU level.
EGBA has been the leading voice for the industry in Europe for many years, and
we can now benefit from their vast experience of other European markets and
knowledge of EU law and procedures. The prime objective of OVWG is to support
the enactment of a new, fair and modern regulation for online gambling in
After welcoming in recent years the
Gibraltar and Swedish trade associations to the EGBA, OVWG is the third
affiliate member to join the EGBA. Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA
said: "We are very pleased that OVWG has joined EGBA and we look forward to
cooperating. It is puzzling that even Austria, where so many successful online
operators originate from, still has no online gambling regulation in place that
fits with the realities of the digital economy and online consumer
Commenting on the current status of
online gambling in Austria, Claus Retschitzegger, underlined: "There is too
much legal uncertainty with the current regime in Austria for many years. Now,
as a relatively new interest group in Austria, we are ready and willing to
contribute to a new regulation that is both EU compliant and strong on player
protection." Haijer added: "Our continued membership growth is also a
testament to the importance of influencing the discussions at EU level, as EU
digital regulation increasingly applies to the online gambling sector. For an
evidently cross border sector like ours the proper application and enforcement
of EU law becomes ever more important."
For more information, please
CONTACT: Claus Retschitzegger, President, OVWG, E: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +43 676 840988109 or Maarten
Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA, E: email@example.com, Tel: +32 2
The Austrian Association for Betting
and Gambling (OVWG) is the voluntary coalition of international online
providers for sports betting and gambling operating in Austria. The aim of OVWG
is to achieve a regulation which provides a clear framework of fair competition
for regulated operators in line with EU law. Its members are Bet-at-home,
Cashpoint, Interwetten, Leovegas, Meridian Bet, Mr Green, Unibet, Tipico,
About the EGBA
The EGBA is an association of
leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic,
GVC/bwin.party, Expekt, and Unibet. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming
Association (GBGA), Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) and the
Oesterreichische Vereinigung für Wetten und Glücksspiel (OVWG) are
affiliate members of EGBA.
As a Brussels-based non-profit
association, EGBA promotes the rights of more than 20 million adult European
citizens to participate in online gambling of their choice in an informed,
regulated, safe and secure environment.
While online gambling remains a
smaller part of the total gambling market (15%), based upon innovation,
technology and digital consumer demand, online gambling transformed itself into
an industry champion of the European digital economy with material spin-off
effects towards other digital economies and strong synergies with sports. EGBA
members have invested more than 600M into digital security and
contributed to sports with more than 800M, mainly via sponsorship deal
and purchasing innovative sports streaming rights.
SOURCE: EGBA (www.egba.eu)
WyoLotto Launch New Game, Lucky for Life
CHEYENNE, Wyoming (December 5, 2016)
-- WyoLottoTM CEO Jon Clontz announced today that a new kind of luck is coming
to Wyoming. WyoLotto hosted a celebration for the launch of its newest game,
Lucky for Life?, in Cheyenne at the Cheyenne Depot Museum.
Clontz was joined by WyoLotto Board
Chairman Mark Macy and Lucky for Life's Wyoming spokesperson, Luck. Lucky for
Life is a national game with a unique jackpot; for $2 per ticket, players have
the chance to win $1,000 a day for life.
Lucky for Life also offers players
the opportunity to win $25,000 a year for life and smaller prize options.
"Lucky for Life offers the jackpot of a lifetime, and we're proud to
introduce our players to an exciting new game that continues WyoLotto's
tradition of fun and excitement," Clontz said. Tickets went on sale at all
WyoLotto retailers on Dec. 4.
Ride of a
Winner Leading up to the launch of
the game, WyoLotto held the Ride of a Lifetime giveaway, which included a
Camaro and a Harley Davidson trike. Today, Nathan Harrison and his wife
Michelle, were at the celebration to accept their prizes.
Yolo, WyoLotto's mascot, presented
Harrison with the keys to a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT coupe and a 2016
Harley-Davidson Freewheeler, plus $3,000 cash. "The fact that I won didn't
sink in until I got home and was talking about it with my wife, and then I
danced a little jig in the house," Harrison said.
Harrison and his wife live in
Mountain View, Wyo., along with their two children, Dylan, 17, and Kadee, 15.
He added that his children were so excited about the vehicles that they were
running around the house screaming.
Harrison is a Wyoming native, but
left the state to serve his country in the Army for several years. Now retired
from the military, he returned to Wyoming and now works for the Wyoming
Department of Transportation.
He added "This was a heck of a
way to win your mid-life crisis car."
A Giveaway of a Lifetime "Now
that players can buy Lucky for Life tickets, we're happy to announce that
playing the game just got more exciting," Clontz said. "We want to send
a WyoLotto player and their guest on a trip to Ireland to celebrate St.
Starting today, players can enter to
win a trip to Ireland by purchasing a Lucky for Life ticket at any WyoLotto
retailer, visiting WyoLotto.com/Lucky, and entering the promo code printed on
the ticket. The lucky winner receives a trip for two to Ireland from March
The prize includes airfare for two
from Denver International Airport, one hotel room for two individuals, $3,000
cash, two tour packages, and meals. Players can enter from Dec. 4, 2016 to Jan.
4, 2017, and WyoLotto will announce the winner on Jan. 19, 2017. For more
details, go to WyoLotto.com/Lucky.
The Wyoming Lottery is a Wyoming
brand, born and raised in the Cowboy State. WyoLotto games include Mega
Millions, Powerball, Cowboy DrawTM and now Lucky for Life. To receive updates
and notifications visit wyolotto.com/sign-up The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a
corporate business entity established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative
session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead. The corporation operates as
a private business and does not employ state employees or use state tax money.
State law requires the first $6 million of Lottery revenue to be distributed to
cities, towns and counties based on Wyoming's sales tax formula. Any additional
earnings will be deposited into the state's Permanent Land Fund's Common School
SOURCE: The Wyoming Lottery.
Lottery Profits Remain Steady
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (December 2,
2016) -- Kentucky Lottery sales are ahead of last year but slightly below
budget, according to a report in today's meeting of the lottery's board of
directors. Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison reported
year-to-date (July-October) sales of $314.3 million, which is nearly $4 million
(1.3%) more than sales for the same period last year of $310.3 million.
This is however $13 million (4%)
less than budget for the period of $327.3 million. Even though sales are lower
than budgeted, income before transfer of dividends remains ahead of the
This amount year-to-date is $80.2
million, which is $4.4 million (5.9%) more than last year and $167,000 (0.2%)
more than budgeted.
"We're heading into the time of
year which is always our best sales period," said the lottery's Executive
Vice President and CFO Howard Kline. "Even though sales are a little lower
than we'd hoped, by effectively managing operating expenses we continue to meet
the bottom line of what we need to return to the Commonwealth for our college
scholarship and grant programs."
Board Vice Chair Mark Sommer
reported on progress being made in the search for the lottery's next president
and CEO. Sommer said according to the firm conducting the search
(Louisville-based The Oliver Group), there have been nearly 300 applicants for
the position. The board will narrow that field and submit recommendations to
the governor, who will name the new leader. Sommer said he hopes to have the
process completed by the end of January. In other business, the board approved:
A lease renewal with Bradley and
Spurlock for regional office and storage space in Prestonsburg Rules and
regulations for 23 scratch-off tickets, five instant play games and amended
rule for Kentucky Cash Ball.
The next meeting of the KLC's board
of directors will be January 27. The meeting will begin at 9:30 AM EST, and
will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in Louisville.
Committee meetings will begin at 8:30 AM EST.
SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery.
National Lottery Christmas Ad Campaign
LONDON, U.K. (December 6, 2016) --
The National Lotterys Christmas campaign kicks off tomorrow with TV ads
airing from 6am you can download the advert here:
The 40-second animated ad
which was developed by AMV through Art&Graft in conjunction with
Camelots in-house team and wider campaign build on the momentum
generated by the success of The National Lotterys I Am Team
GB and I Am ParalympicsGB campaigns.
The Christmas campaign celebrates
the landmark figure of 500,000 lottery-funded projects and thanks National
Lottery players for what they make possible across the nation across the
arts, heritage, sport, health, education, environment and charities.
The ad plays out to the James track
Nothing But Love which has been specially re-recorded using
a childrens choir. It sees National Lottery tickets and Scratchcards
joining together to form a flock that travels the length of the nation
transforming communities and individuals as it goes, in exactly the same way
that National Lottery funding does.
The ad opens with a ticket landing
on a derelict wasteland that is then transformed into a new park. The ticket
soon joins others and flies over Cardiff Castle and the Giants Causeway
both of which have had lottery funding before swooping over an
ordinary lorry, which magically becomes a mobile family cinema.
The tickets then go on to revisit
the success in Rio soaring over a Team GB athlete as she crosses the
finish line before culminating in a festive village square, with the
choir singing and people ice skating. The voiceover thanks National Lottery
players for their contribution in supporting over 500,000 Good Cause projects,
with the end-frame featuring a Thank You in fireworks.
Arabella Gilchrist, Head of Brand
for The National Lottery, said: This campaign is about celebrating the
fantastic things that the public do to enrich the nation by playing National
Lottery games and what better time of the year to say thank you than at
Christmas. National Lottery players raise more than £30 million every
week which goes towards arts, sport, heritage and community projects in
every neighbourhood across the UK.
CONTACT: Sarah Icken, Communications
Manager,T: 020 7632 5711.
SOURCCE: Camelot Group (www.camelotgroup.co.uk).
to Give, but Not to Kids: Give Lottery Products Responsibly
KAMLOOPS, B.C., Canada (December 5,
2016) -- Every year, as part of our own holiday tradition, BCLC reminds parents
and adults that lottery products such as Scratch & Wins are a form of
gambling, and not suitable gifts for children and minors.
This years campaign, titled
A Joy to Give, but Not to Kids, encourages responsible play
and responsible gift-giving through online and social media outreach, as well
as through digital signage at more than 3,900 lottery retailers and all casinos
and community gaming centres across the province.
Lottery products may be great
stocking stuffers, but not for children and youth. It is important that parents
and adults understand the risks and impacts associated with underage gambling.
Research has shown a correlation between the introduction of gambling products
to underage children and potential problem gambling behaviour later in life. In
fact, kids are more likely to gamble than to do drugs, smoke cigarettes or
drink alcohol, yet it is a topic that is less frequently discussed between a
parent and their child. This is why BCLC encourages parents to start a
conversation with their children about the risks of gambling, and make a
conscious decision not to give them lottery products as gifts.
Additional information can be found
on gamesense.ca to learn more about the comprehensive programs in place to help
players make informed choices about gambling. BCLC also encourages parents and
other adults to access our GameSense for Parents program which gives parents
tools and resources to start a conversation with kids about gambling
BCLC has supported the National
Council of Problem Gambling and McGill Universitys Holiday Campaign for
nine years, which encourages lotteries in the United States, Canada and around
the world to promote this important message. BCLC joins gaming jurisdictions
across North America and Europe who are also encouraging players to gamble
responsibly and limit access to gambling products by minors.
Maryland Casinos Generate $92 Million in Revenue During
BALTIMORE, Maryland (December 6,
2016) -- Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced November 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. November 2016s combined
statewide revenue totaled $91,969,393, an increase of 2.5% from November
Casino contributions to the state go
to the Maryland Education Trust Fund and also support small-, minority- and
women-owned businesses, local impact grants and the states horse racing
Hollywood Casino Perryville
generated $5,642,941 from both slot machines and table games in November.
Gross gaming revenue per unit per
day was: $183.89 for slot machines, $2,430.59 for banked table games and
$324.32 for non-banked table games.
Hollywood Casinos November
2016 revenue decreased by $419,473, or 6.9%, from November 2015.
Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 850 slot machines and 20 (12 banked and
eight non-banked) table games.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated
$28,503,083 from both slot machines and table games in November. Gross gaming
revenue per unit per day was: $255.42 for slot machines, $2,377.74 for banked
table games and $840.14 for non-banked table games. Horseshoe Casinos
November 2016 revenue increased by $3,917,505, or 15.9%, from November 2015.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,202 slot machines and 179 (154 banked and
25 non-banked) table games.
Maryland Live Casino generated
$50,247,300 from both slot machines and table games in November. Gross
gaming revenue per unit per day was: $259.58 for slot machines, $3,755.72 for
banked table games and $1,259.82 for non-banked table games. Maryland
Lives November 2016 revenue decreased by $1,407,953, or 2.7%, from
November 2015. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,952 slot machines and 207 (155
banked and 52 non-banked) table games.
Casino at Ocean Downs generated
$3,789,848 from slot machines in November, and its gross gaming revenue per
unit per day was $158.12. Casino at Ocean Downs November 2016 revenue
decreased by $66,408, or 1.7%, from November 2015.
The Casino at Ocean Downs operates
798 slot machines and does not have table games.
Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated
$3,786,222 from both slot machines and table games in November. Gross
gaming revenue per unit per day was: $165.31 for slot machines and $1,247.42
for banked table games.
This facility does not have
non-banked table games. Rocky Gap Casino Resorts November 2016 revenue
increased by $200,263, or 5.6%, from November 2015. Rocky Gap Casino Resort
operates 634 slot machines and 17 table games.
In a year-to-year comparison,
November 2016 casino revenue increased from November 2015 by $2,223,993, or
2.5%. See attached document (or click HERE) for a detailed breakdown of
November 2016s fund disbursement, fiscal year-to-date totals for the
individual casinos and combined state total.
Maryland Lottery and Gaming is
responsible for oversight of the states casinos.
In this role, the agency provides
direction and guidance to its casino partners on financial, security,
regulatory and licensing procedures for the facilities.
To keep Marylanders informed and to
maintain transparency of casino operations, monthly financial reports are
posted on gaming.mdlottery.com. Maryland Lottery and Gaming reminds players to
play responsibly and within their budget; resources are available at
mdgamblinghelp.org or by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.
CONTACT: Carole Bober Gentry,
Director of Communications, Maryland Lottery and Gaming, T: 410-230-8725.
SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and
2017 is Already Setting New Records
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (December 9,
2016) -- Visitor registration is open for AGE 2017, a full 7 months prior to
when we were able to open it for the 2016 Expo and as with last year, Social
Media is making registration a simplified process with auto-filled fields via
the most popular social networks on the planet. Registrants will be able to see
who is attending, identify the most meaningful and relevant Gaming Expo
contacts who theyll benefit from meeting at the Event. Weve also
considered returning visitors, with fields pre-populated, requiring just a
couple of clicks to complete the registration.
And of course by registering now
will save time by avoiding having to line up on the day. To complete the social
media registration just click on this link here.
In another milestone for AGE, with
20% more floor space than what we had in 2016, 90% of the floor space has
already been taken by 176 exhibitors. This is exciting news with 9 months to go
until the shows start date, which is the worlds third largest
casino gaming equipment exhibition.
Our optimism was further confirmed
recently about the event's future at the new ICC Sydney at Darling
Harbour. In November a group of 120 inquisitive exhibitors visited the
ICC for a sneak peek of what to expect. Comprising both large and small
exhibitors, with their exhibition contractors and their staff, along with the
AGE coordinating team, it was a chance to get a first-hand glimpse of what is
truly a world class venue for AGE 2017. The highlight of the visit was Hall 3
and while they saw only ½ of the massive 19,000 square metres of
floor space that AGE will be occupying in 2017, one visitor was still impressed
enough to describe the hall as Cavernous.
Taking advantage of the
multi-purpose seminar rooms complete with smart lecterns at the new ICC Sydney,
at AGE 2017 we will be running complimentary seminars for registered exhibition
visitors. The seminars will include a Global CEOs Forum, to be
moderated by Michael Pascoe and a Women in Gaming event, along with
a range of sessions about topical issues.
The Australasian Gaming Expo is on
the 15th to the 17th August, 2017.
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, Scientific Games, Ebet Limited, IGT
Australia and Konami Australia.
For further information CONTACT:
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
Association Limited (www.gamingta.com).