Sign Agreement with Western Canada Lottery Corporation to Install New Lottery
Terminals and Ticket Checkers, Following Competitive
LONDON, England (March 13, 2017) --
International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:c) announced that its subsidiary, IGT
Global Solutions Corporation (with International Game Technology PLC,
hereinafter "IGT"), has signed a product sale agreement to provide 5,500 new
lottery terminals and associated peripherals to Western Canada Lottery
Corporation (WCLC). The agreement follows a competitive procurement
process. IGT, as legacy GTECH, has been providing lottery products and
services to WCLC since 1982.
"IGT is listening to the
ever-changing needs of its customers in order to continue to address the
requirements of the lottery industry," said Jay Gendron, IGT Senior Vice
President, WLA North America Lottery. "This agreement will offer innovative
products for WCLC and its retailers and players alike, providing additional
opportunities for WCLC to increase sales and enhance efficiency and
Under the agreement, IGT will
provide WCLC with IGT's Altura® GT1200 lottery terminal and the
AccuTherm® Ultra printer. This will offer WCLC retailers a smaller
footprint terminal, freeing up valuable counter space for other merchandise.
Additionally, the Altura GT1200 terminal has a larger screen with enhanced
resolution improving the retailer experience and productivity. The AccuTherm
Ultra printer offers a space-saving design, with easy-load and jam-preventing
features, thus speeding up transactions as well as increasing reliability in
busy retail locations.
WCLC will also receive
Ticket-Scan® Plus, IGT's player-operated ticket checker device, allowing
players the convenience and security to check if draw or instant games are
WCLC manages and conducts lotteries
within the territorial limits of the Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and
Manitoba, and the Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
IGT also provides lottery products
and/or services to British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Atlantic Lottery
Corporation, Loto Quebec, and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
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:
Robert K. Vincent,
toll free in U.S./Canada (844)
IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452
for Italian media
(+39) 06 51899030
Tennessee Lottery Sets New Record For Weekly Instant Game
$37.4 Million is the
Highest Week of Instant Sales Since Inception
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (March 13,
2017) -- The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation continues to shatter its
own records, announcing today the highest week of instant game sales since it
began more than 13 years ago. Sales for the week ending March 11, 2017, were
$37.4 million compared to $34.6 million for the first week of Lottery sales,
which began Jan. 20, 2004.
The combination of both instant and
drawing-style ticket sales for last week generated approximately $9.9 million
for Lottery-funded education programs.
Our diverse selection of
instant games is meeting with great success in the marketplace, said
Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO. This is great news for the
education programs funded by the Lottery, which have grown in number since we
began. More than one million Lottery-funded scholarships and grants have been
awarded, and the number continues to rise.
The strong sales were driven by the
March launch of Mighty Jumbo Bucks, an oversized ticket that gives players the
chance to win up to $3 million. The 8 x 8 ticket complements the
highly popular Jumbo Bucks family of instant games.
About the Tennessee Education
The Tennessee Education Lottery
Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of
its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $4
billion to fund designated education programs, including college grants and
scholarships, after-school programs and Tennessee Promise.
In addition to the educational
beneficiaries, players have won more than $11.1 billion in prizes and Lottery
retailers have earned more than $1 billion in retailer commissions.
For additional information, visit
tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Have Fun.
Play Responsibly. For more information, please visit:
CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, T:
615-324-6556, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: The Tennessee Education
Scientific Games Congratulates Florida Lottery on
Record-Breaking Week of Instant Game Sales with $19 Million+ in State
LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (March 9,
2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the
"Company") today congratulated the Florida Lottery (the "Lottery"), one of its
largest and most successful instant game customers in the world, on its
historic, record-breaking week of instant game retail sales resulting in more
than $19.44 million in transfers to the State of Florida. More than 99 percent
of the Lottery's total retail sales of $105.2 million for the week ended March
5, 2017 came from instant game products created by Scientific Games.
Since 1997, Scientific Games has
partnered with the Florida Lottery through the Company's Cooperative Services
Program (CSP) which provides instant game design, programming,
manufacturing, inside sales, marketing, warehousing, distribution and retail
services. The Company's CSP facility in Orlando helps service the Lottery's
more than 13,000 retailers throughout the state.
Fiscal year 2015-16 marked the
Florida Lottery's fifth consecutive year of record sales, and its 15th
consecutive year of exceeding $1 billion in annual transfers to the state. The
Lottery's instant game sales have grown more than a 77.6 percent in the last
Tom Delacenserie, Secretary of the
Florida Lottery, said, "The popularity of our instant games with Floridians
is just phenomenal. We are tracking for another year of unprecedented sales and
transfers to the state's Educational Enhancement Trust Fund because of the
collaboration between our teams and Scientific Games' teams in managing our
instant game portfolio."
Most recently, the Lottery worked
with Scientific Games to create a new $25 game, $10,000,000 World Class Cash,
that launched during the record-breaking week and represented 16.5 percent of
total retail sales. Also during the record week, the Company's Gold Rush family
of instant games at the $1, $2, $5, $10 and $20 price points represented 33.4
percent of total retail sales. Twenty-five different instant games created by
Scientific Games each had over $1 million in retail sales during the
John Schulz, Senior Vice President
of Instant Products for Scientific Games, said, "Tom Delacenserie has
applied his strong consumer products background to Scientific Games' global
best practices when it comes to managing the Florida Lottery's instant games.
He truly understands how the Lottery's instant games should be marketed through
a total category management approach, beginning with game launch through
the player's retail experience. We congratulate the Florida Lottery on yet
another record-breaking week of returns to education in Florida."
More than 20 lotteries globally
partner with Scientific Games for CSP services. Scientific Games provides
games, technology and services to more than 150 lotteries worldwide, including
nearly every North American lottery.
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 us at: www.scientificgames.com.
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Pollard Banknote Limited Announces Interest in Acquiring INNOVA
Gaming Group Inc. and Support Agreement with Amaya Inc.
WINNIPEG, Canada (March 10, 2017) --
Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX:PBL) ("Pollard Banknote") today announced that it
has presented a proposal to INNOVA Gaming Group Inc. ("INNOVA") to acquire 100%
of the issued and outstanding common shares of INNOVA ("Shares") at a price per
Share of $2.10, payable in cash (the "Proposed Transaction"). The proposed
purchase price represents a significant premium of 39% to the closing price of
the Shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange as of March 9, 2017, and represents a
compelling value proposition for INNOVA shareholders. Pollard Banknote also
announced that it has entered into an agreement (the "Amaya Support Agreement")
with Amaya Inc. ("Amaya") to support the Proposed Transaction in respect of the
8,180,000 common shares of INNOVA indirectly held by Amaya.
Amaya Support Agreement
Under the terms of the Amaya Support
Agreement, Amaya has agreed to vote in favour of, and/or tender all of its
Shares, representing approximately 40.45% of the outstanding Shares, to the
Proposed Transaction in any form, including a plan of arrangement, take-over
bid or other acquisition method. Pollard Banknote has agreed that completion of
the Proposed Transaction will not be subject to financing, due diligence or any
other condition requiring access to information from INNOVA, and that any
acquisition agreement entered into by Pollard Banknote with INNOVA in
connection with the Proposed Transaction will include customary "fiduciary
out", "right to match" and termination provisions.
The Amaya Support Agreement also
contains customary covenants by Amaya that it not solicit or in any manner
assist with any proposal for a transaction involving INNOVA other than the
Amaya may terminate the Amaya
Support Agreement in order to accept a superior offer, subject to the terms and
conditions of the Amaya Support Agreement, including Pollard Banknote's right
to match. The Amaya Support Agreement may also be terminated by Amaya in
certain other customary circumstances, including at any time on or after May 8,
2017 if Pollard Banknote has not entered into an acquisition agreement with
INNOVA or commenced a take-over bid which has not been withdrawn.
Proposal to INNOVA
Pollard Banknote has presented the
Proposed Transaction, on the terms described above, to the board of directors
Pollard Banknote welcomes the
opportunity to work with the board of directors of INNOVA and its advisors
towards a board-supported transaction. There can be no assurance that INNOVA
will enter into an agreement with Pollard Banknote to support the Proposed
Transaction. If INNOVA does not enter into an agreement with Pollard Banknote,
then Pollard Banknote will make a determination at such time whether or not to
pursue the Proposed Transaction. However, there can be no assurance that
Pollard Banknote will proceed with the Proposed Transaction in these
Pollard Banknote believes that
INNOVA and its Diamond Game operating business represent unique assets that fit
well within Pollard Banknote's expanding product portfolio, and that the
proposed acquisition of INNOVA would allow Pollard Banknote to further grow its
partnership with lotteries seeking to expand their products and services.
By leveraging more than 30 years of
experience in the lottery and charitable gaming market, Pollard Banknote
believes it would provide an exceptional vehicle to increase and maximize the
expansion of INNOVA`s product portfolio both to existing customers and by
initiating new opportunities. Pollard Banknote and INNOVA share many of
the same customers and Pollard Banknote believes there are opportunities to
leverage these relationships to grow the combined revenue base of Pollard
Banknote and INNOVA.
Pollard Banknote believes that by
leveraging key customer relationships and achieving economies and efficiencies
of scale, if the Proposed Transaction is completed, the combined business would
be better positioned to compete and grow in the lottery and charitable gaming
If the Proposed Transaction
proceeds, Pollard Banknote expects to finance the Proposed Transaction by
drawing on its syndicated credit facility and through additional subordinated
debt financing to be provided by Pollard Equities Limited.
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games, and strategic marketing and management
services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of
web, mobile and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has
decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales
and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the
charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907,
Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5%
by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more
information, please visit our website at:
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer,
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
Fortuna Entertainment Group Announce Preliminary Unaudited
Financial Results for 2016
AMSTERDAM (March 9, 2017) --
Fortuna Entertainment Group N.V. announces its preliminary unaudited
consolidated financial results for the fiscal year to 31st December 2016,
prepared according to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
- Total Amounts Staked in 2016 increased by 22.6% to
EUR 1,039.6 million
- Online Sports Betting Gross Win in 2016 increased
by 21.7% to EUR 103.1 million
- Total EBITDA amounted to EUR 22.1 million down
We are pleased to report on
strong growth in total Amounts Staked for the full year 2016. Fortuna accepted
total bets in the amount of EUR 1,039.6 million, which is 22.6% more than last
year. The Amounts Staked grew double digits in all our key markets, primarily
driven by the online betting growth and in particular mobile sports betting
while Retail grew single digit. Our EBITDA was impacted by the increase in the
betting tax rate in the Czech Republic, unfavourable sports results in 2016 and
by planned increase of operating costs to support growth opportunities of the
company. said Per Widerström, CEO and Chairman of the Management
Board of Fortuna Entertainment Group.
Fortuna recorded in 2016 a total
Amounts Staked figure of EUR 1,039.6 million, 22.6% more than in 2015 and
exceeded Company´s guidance given for the year. The Amounts Staked from
sports betting reached EUR 1,019.4 million, 23.1% more than in 2015 on the back
of strong performance in all countries where Fortuna operates. Amounts Staked
from Lottery bets in 2016 totalled to EUR 20.2 million, 2.8% increase yoy,
driven by growth of both scratch cards and numerical lottery segments.
In 2016, total Gross Win reached EUR
163.0 million, an increase of 10.5% compared with 2015. Gross Win from sports
betting equalled EUR 153.8 million, a 10.9% increase yoy. Of which, Gross Win
from online betting in 2016 increased to EUR 103.1 million, a substantial
increase of 21.7% over 2015.
The solid Amounts Staked and Gross
Win performance in 2016 was driven by growing online web and mobile sports
betting and it was also supported by the UEFA EURO 2016 football tournament in
Total consolidated EBITDA recorded
in 2016 was EUR 22.1 million, down 18.5% yoy. EBITDA from sports betting
reached EUR 21.1 million, 19.5% less than previous year. EBITDA from lottery
was EUR 1 million, up 11.0% yoy.
In 2016 the Company recorded Net
Profit for the period of EUR 11.2 million, 42.4% less than in the previous
year. If adjusted by the deferred tax income in Poland in 2015, the decline in
the Net Profit would be 29.6%.
Selected financial indicators
| (EUR million)
|| FY 2016
|| FY 2015
|| % change
| Amounts Staked
| Gross Win
| Net Profit for the Year
| Adjusted Net Profit for the
SOURCE: Fortuna Entertainment Group
Laboratories International (GLI®) Preparing a Unique and Interactive 17th
Annual North American Regulators Roundtable
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 9, 2017)
In a little less than one week, regulators, operators and gaming experts will
join together to generate great ideas at the 17th annual North American
Regulators Roundtable. The two-day, educational conference hosted by
Gaming Laboratories Internationals (GLI®) world-renowned training
program, GLI University® will be held March 15-16, 2017 at Luxor Las
Vegas and feature timely discussions focused on emerging technologies and
industry challenges. The format provides attendees with a unique opportunity to
converse with one another and obtain insights into industry advances.
GLI Director of Client Services
Michael Capen said, The topics at this years Regulators Roundtable
have been derived from not only questions that our clients ask on a regular
basis, but also current events that are taking place in the gaming industry. We
think that it is important to share with regulators and operators upcoming
trends and challenges that they can expect to face in the future and prepare
for ahead of time.
High-level topics featured at this
years conference include:
- Electronic Table Games
- eSports Fantasy Sports
- GLI University
- Promotional Scams and Slot Cheats
- Skill-based Gaming
- Social gaming
- Virtual Sports
Keynoting the event is Larry Potts,
Scientific Games Senior Vice President Chief Compliance Officer, who will
address the timely and important topic of taking risks. Potts brings an
interesting story and unique experience to the Regulators Roundtable. He joined
Scientific Games in 2004 after retiring as a Deputy Director from the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Having worked violent crime, white collar crime
and organized crime cases as Street Agent, he applies a diverse set of skills
to his current position, allowing him to effectively manage regulatory
compliance, investigations and corporate security.
In addition to general sessions,
concurrent breakout sessions will be offered. One of the options will be a new
GLI Innovation Room, which allows hands-on, personal experiences to
make this years Regulators Roundtable meaningful and customized to each
and every attendee. The room will be staffed with experts to answer questions
and provide live demonstrations. Attendees will also be able to visit the
Ask the Experts Lounge, which is an open forum and discussion
between experts and attendees on any gaming-related topic.
GLI is committed to enhancing its
attendees Regulators Roundtable experience, and to make this years
conference even more interactive, organizers have introduced a new mobile
application for attendees to use during the event. Available for smartphones
with Apple® and Android operating systems, the mobile application
will heighten the Regulators Roundtable experience and include exciting
interactive features. Attendees will be able to start or continue the
conversation on an event social media wall (#GLIRT17), participate in live
polls, communicate with fellow attendees and/or GLI experts, read speaker
biographies and access the event agenda.
GLI is proud to offer this
informational and diverse conference. More information about the Regulators
Roundtable, including agenda, registration and hotel information, can be found
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 Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220, E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Florida Lottery Scratch-Off Sales Exceed $100 Million For
Second Consecutive Week
Over $19 Million in Total
Education Contributions for the Week
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (March 14,
2017) -- For the second consecutive week, the Florida Lotterys
contributions to the states Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF)
exceeded $19 million from Scratch-Off sales alone. Total Scratch-Off
sales for the week reached $103.23 million, with total sales overall hitting
$141.28 million. Additionally, this marks the second consecutive week in
Florida Lottery history that Scratch-Off sales exceeded $100 million in a
Scratch-Off sales demonstrated by the Florida Lottery over the past two weeks
are integral to our mission to generate as much revenue as possible towards
public education, said Secretary Tom Delacenserie.
The Lottery remains
committed to providing Floridas students with the opportunities they need
to be successful in school and in life.
Over the past 29 years, the Florida
Lottery has established itself as a dependable funding source for public
education. For 15 consecutive years the Lottery has transferred more than $1
billion to education, while remaining one of the most efficient lotteries in
the nation. Additionally, the Lottery has contributed more than $5 billion to
the Bright Futures Scholarship Program to send over 750,000 students to
Florida Lottery contributions
represent approximately six percent of the state's total education budget.
Lottery funds are appropriated by the Florida Legislature and are administered
by the Florida Department of Education.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $31 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:
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.
SOURCE: Florida Lottery media
Fast Play Games Award Over $5.1 Million in Prizes
MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (March 9,
2017) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery's new Fast Play games have awarded more than
$5.1 million in prizes to more than 566,000 winners since the games launched
February 28. Fast Play games offer players the chance to win prizes without
scratching the ticket or waiting for a drawing.
The current Fast Play games are
Piggy Bank Bucks ($1); Lots of $50s ($2); Hot Numbers® ($5); and Keystone
Keystone Cash offers a progressive
top prize that grows until it is won, then immediately resets to the minimum
top prize and starts growing again.
To date, Keystone Cash progressive
top prizes prize have been won at the following locations:
- March 2: $80,516 top prize; Rutters, 791 Delta
Road, Red Lion, York County.
- March 3: $52,086 top prize; Theo's Snack Bar, 1200
N. 7th St., Harrisburg, Dauphin County.
- March 5: $64,520 top prize; BB Market, 580 E. Main
St., Uniontown, Fayette County
- March 7: $71,407 top prize; Express Food Mart, 58
E. Chestnut St., Mifflinburg, Union County.
Fast Play games print on-demand from
a Lottery sales terminal or self-service touch-screen vending terminal. To see
if they've won a prize, players can review the ticket, or scan it at a Lottery
retailer or with the ticket checker feature on the Lottery's official mobile
Retailers may not print Fast Play
games in advance; tickets must be generated at the time of purchase. Players
may also purchase Fast Play games using touch-screen, self-service lottery
machines found at many locations, including grocery, drug and convenience
Prizes must be claimed and tickets
validated before winners can be identified. Fast Play winners have one year
from the ticket's purchase date to claim prizes. All lottery cash prizes over
$5,000 are subject to federal and state tax withholding.
Visit palottery.com to review rules,
chances of winning and learn how to play Fast Play games.
Fast Play winners have up to one
year from the ticket's date of purchase to claim prizes.
About Fast Play: Fast Play games
offer the chance to instantly win prizes without scratching the ticket or
waiting for a drawing. Fast Play games print on-demand from a Lottery sales
terminal or self-service touch-screen vending terminal. Review the ticket, scan
it at a Lottery retailer or use the ticket checker on our official mobile app
to determine if it is a winner. Some Fast Play games offer a progressive top
prize that grows until it is won, then immediately resets to the minimum top
prize and starts growing again. Retailers may not print Fast Play games in
advance; tickets must be printed at the time of purchase. Chances of winning
vary by game. Find rules, chances of winning and other information for each
Fast Play game at palottery.com.
About Us: The Pennsylvania
Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that
benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed
nearly $27 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care
services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers
Players must be 18 or older. Please
play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a
compulsive gambling problem.
Visit palottery.com for winning
numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second
chances to win. Install our official mobile app, like us on Facebook and follow
us on Instagram and Twitter @PALottery.
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.
Lotto and Totoblock Welcomes Bundestag Decision on the Punishment of Sports
An Important Step in the
Protection of the Integrity of Sport
HAMBURG, Germany (March 10, 2017) -
The German Lotto and Totoblock (DLTB) welcomes the law adopted by the Bundestag
at its 221st session, on the night of 10 March 2017, to combat sports betting
fraud and appeals to politics and administration to consistently implement the
law at all levels .
After reports of manipulations in
sport and reports of fraudulent betting, the Bundestag adopted the law on the
punishment of sport betting fraud and the manipulation of professional sport
competitions on 9 March.
To this end, DLTB lead manager
Torsten Meinberg explains: "The law passed is an important step in the
prosecution of sports betting frauds. It also includes legal gaps which have
hitherto prevented the efficient prosecution of sports betting frauds and
Meinberg, however, warned: "The
law against sports betting alone cannot be enough. It is important to
strengthen the supervisory authorities of the Länder in the implementation
of rules governing gambling law and to control sports betting providers in
complying with necessary due diligence."
The Federal Government's draft law
is intended to facilitate the prosecution of fraud in sports betting in a
simpler and more consistent manner. In the future, agreements with coaches,
arbitrators, appraisers or campaigners will also be regarded as a criminal
offense in order to influence and manipulate the course or outcome of sports
The scope of application covers both
German and foreign sports competitions.
DLTB lead manager Meinberg, who is
also the managing director of LOTTO Hamburg, emphasizes: "Numerous scandals
in sport show how important it is to set a strict legal framework to ensure a
serious and tamper-proof sports betting offer Sports a further backseat for our
efforts to protect integrity."
The Landeslotteriegesellschaften are
partly with ODDSET also provider of sports betting.
In addition, on behalf of the DLTB,
Meinberg calls for concrete measures to strengthen the integrity of sport and
- This includes the prohibition of tamper - proof
betting offers, such as live and event bets, during the course of the game.
e.g. the number of yellow cards or penalties can be. An attractive betting
offer is for vendors. Be possible, but within clear limits.
- Betting in the youth and amateur league area should
be general Prohibited.
- The state supervisory authorities of the
Länder are involved Strengthen and expand that they consistently oppose
the Illegal offers. The state must do everything,Thus manipulations in the
sport already in a spring stage Can be avoided.
About the DLTB:
The German Lotto and Totoblock
(DLTB) is the community of the 16 independent lottery companies in the federal
states. LOTTO stands for happiness on the basis of responsibility.
Our primary goal is to allow the
game of luck, but at the same time to prevent the development of gameplay. In a
governmental mandate, our actions are not oriented towards profit, but are
primarily directed at the promotion of the common good.
The players' bets are largely
returned to the community and finance numerous projects in the areas of social,
cultural and sports.
CONTACT: Madeleine Göhring,
Lotto Hamburg GmbH, Press Officer of the German
Lotto and Totoblock, E-Mail:
+49 (0) 40 6 32 05-241, Web:
SOURCE: German Lotto and Totoblock
(DLTB), transmitted by news aktuell.
EquiLottery Bill HB 2943 Filed in West
LEXINGTON, KY (March 13, 2017) -- As
part of the mission to bring EquiLottery to West Virginia, House Bill 2943 has
been introduced in the House of Delegates today and assigned to the House
Judiciary committee for consideration.
Described as authorizing the
Lottery Commission to introduce games whose winning tickets are determined by
the outcome of a licensed horse race, this bill amends a statutory
prohibition on combining the results of a sporting event with the result of a
lottery by giving an exemption to horse racing. Similar exemptions have
precedent in other states including California, Florida, Kentucky and
We are honored to have the
support of so many leaders in the House of Delegates, said
EquiLottery Founder and CEO Brad Cummings.
The great state of West
Virginia and its vital racing industry have been longtime allies of
EquiLottery. We want to sincerely thank Delegate Riley Moore for his leadership
as the primary sponsor of HB 2943 and the impressive slate of nine co-sponsors
who understand the importance of improving the sport of horse racing and
helping the lottery maximize its returns as the state faces significant revenue
shortfalls. Through this process, we hope to become part of the solution in
A copy of the bill, list of
co-sponsors and bill progress can be found
Since its public announcement over
the summer of 2014, EquiLottery has worked diligently to develop its lottery
product based on the results of live horse racing. During that time, this
innovative company has structured agreements with lottery industry leader IGT
Global Solutions and tote system leader AmTote International to be able to
deliver a cohesive lottery experience for state lotteries and their
EquiLottery is also in development
on its IOS and Android mobile app which will allow players features such as
watching races live and on replay, scanning tickets and setting push
notifications for upcoming races all from the convenience of their mobile
CONTACT: Brad Cummings, T: (502)
644-1454, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frances National Racing and Games Police Service and
Sportradar Join Forces to Protect Sports Integrity
GALLEN, Switzerland (March 10, 2017)
-- Frances Service Central des Courses et Jeux (SCCJ), which is the
department within Frances national police force that oversees the
countrys racing and betting services, has today signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with Sportradar, the company that delivers
internationally-respected detection, education and intelligence services to
sport and law enforcement around the world.
Under the terms of the MoU, both
parties will actively engage in the exchange of expertise, statistical data,
information and/or trends as they relate to sporting integrity.
Moreover, the two parties will now
begin exploring projects that they can collaborate on or support each other
Right after the official MoU
signing, Philippe Menard, the SCCJs Chief said: Our aim in France
is to make sure that we are at the forefront of the fight against match fixers
and manipulators. That requires us to identify the most potent allies to help
us shore up our defences. Our informal collaborations with Sportradar to date
have left us in no doubt that todays signing is a strong statement of
intent and we look forward to working closer with their specialists to
safeguard French sport.
Sportradar Integrity Services
Managing Director Andreas Krannich added: We have already worked
closely and fruitfully with Mr Menard and his team in the past, looking at
various sporting events held in France and also supporting their efforts around
the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament hosted in France. It was clear to me that we
could do more in the future and this MoU sets us up to begin identifying other
ways for us to share insights and develop investigations. It is so encouraging
to see the SCCJ live the spirit of the Macolin Convention and we are honoured
that they trust us to support the efforts of the French National Platform going
Our mission is to detect,
investigate and prevent betting-related match-fixing and to build sustainable
partnerships with integrity stakeholders. Our role is to act as a consultant
for sports federations and state authorities alike. One of our key objectives
at Sportradar is to increase the awareness of participants, administrators and
state authorities to the growing threat of betting related match-fixing.
For more information about SCCJ,
SOURCE: Sportradar media
Tabcorp to Seek Authorisation from the Australian Competition
MELBOURNE, Australia (March 13,
2017) -- Tabcorp Holdings Limited (Tabcorp) today announces that it
has lodged an application with the Australian Competition Tribunal (the
'Tribunal') for authorisation to proceed with the proposed combination of
Tabcorp and Tatts Group Limited (Tatts) (the
The combination of Tabcorp and Tatts
is anticipated to provide a wide range of benefits for stakeholders, including
the Australian racing industry.
Since announcement of the
Transaction, Tabcorp has actively engaged with stakeholders, including as part
of the ACCC informal clearance process.
Through this engagement, it has
become clear that many stakeholders are strongly supportive of the Transaction
and its anticipated benefits.
As such, Tabcorp has formed a view
that it has a compelling case to pursue a merger authorisation application in
the Australian Competition Tribunal. Under the authorisation test, the Tribunal
balances public benefits of the proposed Transaction against likely detriments,
including competitive detriments.
This differs from the test the ACCC
applies, which is limited to assessing whether a proposed acquisition is likely
to substantially lessen competition, and is not able to take into account
countervailing public benefits.
The merger authorisation will likely
deliver greater Transaction certainty compared to the informal clearance
process by requiring the consideration of public benefits. Importantly, the
merger authorisation application is considered within a statutory
Tabcorps Tribunal application
will be supported by substantive evidence from a wide range of industry
participants and experts as to the substantial public benefits from the
Transaction accruing to the racing industry, venue partners, customers,
shareholders and the broader community.
As a consequence of lodging an
application with the Tribunal, Tabcorp has withdrawn its application for
informal clearance by the ACCC.
Tabcorp has engaged closely with the
ACCC in its market inquiries, and has carefully considered the Statement of
Issues ('SOI') released by the ACCC last week.
In relation to the one area
identified by the ACCC, which on a preliminary view is an issue of competition
concern, Tabcorp has committed to divest its Odyssey Gaming Services business
and is well advanced with a sale process (subject to the receipt of competition
and other approvals and to the Transaction completing). Tabcorp is confident
that as part of the Tribunal process it will address all relevant issues raised
in the SOI by the ACCC.
Tabcorp Managing Director and Chief
Executive Officer, David Attenborough, said: Through our extensive
discussions with stakeholders since announcement of the Transaction, it has
become increasingly clear that there is broad-based support among our
stakeholders for the proposed combination with Tatts.
After careful consideration of the
Statement of Issues, Tabcorp believes the merger authorisation process will
deliver greater Transaction certainty. It enables public benefits, including
our strong funding relationship with the racing industry, to be taken into
Public benefits likely to arise from
Tabcorp believes that the proposed
combination with Tatts will deliver value for both sets of shareholders, as
well as significant benefits to other stakeholders across Australia including
the racing industry, business partners, customers and Governments.
Tabcorp and Tatts are the largest
source of funding for Australia's racing industry, having delivered
approximately $1 billion to the racing industry in FY 2016, as well as
contributing more than $200 million of wagering taxes to State Governments in
The benefits expected to flow from
the Transaction include:
- providing a national footprint with an enhanced
operational platform which will create a stronger financial base to support its
- delivering additional funding to the racing
industry and venue partners, which will flow to participants and related
industries across Australia. This additional funding will create broader
economic benefits, including in regional areas; and
- a pathway to national pooling for parimutuel
wagering, subject to regulatory and racing industry approvals and an enhanced
ability to adopt strategies to address the national decline in parimutuel
SOURCE: Tabcorp Holdings
Lucky 7s Break the Bank with $2.2 MILLION Payout
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (March 13,
2017) Over the weekend, 8,955 Pick 3 players in South Carolina
celebrated triple lucky 7s.
Depending on the price paid for the
ticket, these winners took home either $250 or $500 per play. The odds of
winning are 1 in 1,000.
The total Pick 3 prize payout
eclipsed $2.2 million for Saturdays draw.
The triple number combination is
hands down the Lotterys most played sequence, with this drawing producing
10 times the number of winners compared to the previous days draw.
This marks the ninth time 7 7
7 has been drawn by the Lottery. The last time 7 7 7 was
seen was back in December of last year.
Winning Pick 3 tickets worth up to
$500 can be cashed at lottery retailers state-wide.
Players have 180 days from the date
of the drawing in which to claim their prizes.
Winners should always sign the back
of their ticket first to safeguard their
SOURCE: South Carolina Education
Norwegian Gaming Authority Questions When Video Games Are
Collecting skins can
quickly become an expensive hobby for children and youth. There are several
examples of children and young people have spent thousands of money on video
games, which basically is free to play.
Article by: Trude field
NORWAY (March 13, 2017) -- Computer
games are billion dollar industry, and favorite activity of many
Media's survey "Children and
Media 2016" shows that 25% of Norwegian boys 15-16 years old playing the
computer game "Counter Strike: Global Offensive." It is also popular to
watch others play video games, and in 2015 reported Twitch TV that they had
over 100 million viewers every month.
When video games are
Gaming Board are frequently asked if
it is allowed to arrange various games or competitions. If it costs nothing to
join, there is a prize to the winner, and the winner will be announced at a
partially or completely random way, the game is a lottery as defined in the
In CounterStrike and several other
video game player may buy additional equipment and weapons, which are referred
to as skins. Skins have no real value in the game, and provides no
Skins is often referred to as
"digital bling 'and has become a popular collector's item that gives a higher
status in the environment. Computer games are basically free, or paid with a
one-time purchase price, can quickly become an expensive hobby for players who
buy skins. It can cost from a few cents all the way up to several hundred
Skins are virtual
Skins can normally not be exchanged
for cash, but it is possible to take the skins out of the game and of other
markets for buying and selling.
There are separate online casinos
where you can bet and win skins, and in such cases, skins a virtual currency
that can be used for gambling. We have seen several examples of Norwegian
children and young people who have spent thousands of money from this.
The British Gaming Authority, the UK
Gambling Commission, went in autumn 2016 with a warning to parents that
children can be drawn into gambling through skins. In September, YouTube gaming
stars Craig Douglas and Dylan Rigby accused of operating an illegal gambling
site FUT Galaxy, where players could bet and win Fifa coins. Gaming The stars
knew the website was used by children, and that the games they offered there
was illegal, but defied this to make money. In early February 2017 were gaming
the stars fined.
What does this have with the
Gaming Board to do?
In recent years we have received
several inquiries that have dealt with skins and virtual currency. Many have
asked if it is allowed to set up websites where one can bet skins and your cash
prize in skins. This will then be a lottery which is regulated by the Lottery
or Gaming Act?
Skins will usually have an economic
value to the player, and could therefore be a deposit or a gain under the
Lottery Act. A gaming site that allows bet and pays out prizes in skins is in
our view an online casino, and in Norway, only Norwegian Tipping is allowed to
offer online casino.
Stopping illegal betting has always
been a priority at the Gaming Board, especially where games offer is aimed at
children and young people. We will therefore examine the issues surrounding
gambling with skins, and consider sanctions against operators who offer this in
NOTE: The UK Gambling
Commission (UKGC) has also called for parents to be vigilant to the dangers of
children gambling on video games.
The Norwegian Gaming
The Gaming Authority supervise and
control all private and state operated lotteries in Norway. We also supervise
and control gambling and horse racing. Gambling and horse racing are organized
through the companies Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto ( only Norwegian
web-site), these having a national monopoly on gambling and horse racing
About the Author:
Trude Felde is senior Adviser in the
Gaming Board department pengespel.
SOURCE: Lotteri- og
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