Signs Cross Licensing Agreement with Konami Gaming Inc
LONDON, U.K. (June 12, 2017) --
International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT), holder of the largest
slot game feature patent portfolio in North America, announced that it has
signed a patent cross-licensing agreement with Konami Gaming, Inc., a leading
innovator of slot machines and gaming enterprise management systems for the
global gaming market. Under the agreement, Konami Gaming, Inc. can offer games
including patented game features from the IGT portfolio, and will pay licensing
fees to IGT.
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...
"Cross-licensing these game patents
between our two companies allows Konami and IGT to share some of the best
features that make our games desired by customers. The opportunity to leverage
some of IGT's patented mechanics enables Konami to enhance our game portfolio
as we continue to focus on delivering the most enjoyable 'Born from Fun' gaming
experiences possible," said Thomas A. Jingoli, Konami Gaming, Inc. Executive
Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
"Our cross-licensing agreement with
Konami Gaming, Inc. demonstrates the strength of IGT's game feature patent
portfolio and the value that it represents to other gaming companies. We look
forward to continued collaboration across the industry as we collectively
invest in the growth of gaming," said Michael Prescott, IGT Senior Vice
President and General Counsel, North America Gaming & Interactive.
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
About Konami Gaming, Inc.
Konami Gaming, Inc. is a Las
Vegas-based subsidiary of KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION (TSE: 9766). The company
is a leading designer and manufacturer of slot machines and casino management
systems for the global gaming market. For more information about Konami Gaming,
Inc. or the SYNKROS gaming enterprise management system, please visit
Robert K. Vincent, Corporate
Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada
Phil O'Shaughnessy, Global
Communications, Gaming (702) 669-2975.
Simone Cantagallo, (+39) 06
51899030; for Italian media inquiries.
James Hurley, Investor Relations,
Konami Gaming, Inc. Media
Tashina Wortham, Sr. Marketing
Communications Specialist, T: 702.419.6025, E:
Years of Winners! The Ever-Popular Lotto 6/49 Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary
MONTRÉAL, Quebec, Canada
(June 12, 2017) -- The very first Lotto 6/49 draw was conducted on June 12,
Since then, over $7.7 billion was
paid out to Quebecers thanks to this popular lottery, including 932 jackpots
and 271 guaranteed prizes.
35 years later, Lotto 6/49 continues
to produce winners.
It is the most well-known lottery in
Canada, with a 99% recognition rate.
At the June 12, 1982 launch:
- The odds of winning a rize was 1 out of 53.7
(today, it is 1 out of 6.6).
- The cost of the ticket was $1 (today, it is
- The minimum jackpot was $500,000 (today, it is $5
The Lotto 6/49 format was used for
other lotteries, including the Powerball and Megabucks in the United States.
England and France also offer a Lotto 6/49-inspired lottery.
The 10 most frequently drawn
The biggest jackpots won in
- $32,912,981 in the April 29, 2009, draw
- $32,707,357 in the November 9, 2016, draw
- $30,000,000 in the June 25, 2008, draw
- $30,663,650 in the August 11, 2012, draw
- $27,000,000 in the May 26, 2007, draw
- $25,000,000 in the May 23, 2007, draw
- $25,000,000 in the January 21, 2017, draw
- $24,426,784 in the October 26, 2004, draw
- $23,846,591 in the January 2, 2016, draw
- $22,915,322 in the September 13, 2006, draw
- $22,572,856 in the August 6, 2008, draw (Côte
- $22,442,363 in the December 31, 2011, draw
(Montréal, Montérégie and Estrie)
- $20,663,499 in the February 19, 2011, draw
- September 24, 1984: Start of Quick Picks
- September 11, 1985: Start of bi-weekly draws
(Wednesday and Saturday)
- March 1986: The Lavigueur family's jackpot garnered
significant media attention. The most famous Lotto 6/49 winners, they took home
the $7,650,000 jackpot, which, at the time, was the largest prize ever paid out
- October 27, 1990: The $19 million jackpot was
divided into 18 prizes due to 18 winning selections! That was a record. Among
the 18 winners, 3 were from Québec.
- March 30, 1994: A group from Saint-Wenceslas shared
a $19 million jackpot, the largest prize ever paid out at the time.
- September 2, 1995: The jackpot reached $24,000,000.
It was total frenzy! Sales topped $22.3 million in Québec and $81.6
across Canada. That three-day sales record still stands today.
- A Saguenay resident won the Lotto 6/49 jackpot
twice: first, $747,348 in October 1983 and then $1 million in 2003.
- 2005: Tabagie Ti-Père in Louiseville sold an
$8.5 million winning Lotto 6/49 ticket to a group in the region. Two months
later, in August, the same retailer sold a winning $3.9 million Lotto 6/49
ticket to another group.
- March 19, 2008: The winning selection was 23, 40,
41,42, 44, 45 (43). There were 239 winners in the 5/6+B category (usually,
there are only 2 or 3)!
- October 17, 2015: Lotto 6/49 paid out a record
jackpot worth $64 million.
- It won't change the world, but...
- Bye, boss!
- Always be nice with those who play Lotto 6/49
- You should play 6/49
"After 35 years, Lotto 6/49 has
maintained a special place in the hearts of Quebecers," said Isabelle Jean,
President of Operations Lotteries and Vice President of Public Affairs.
"With the addition of guaranteed prizes and the possibility of playing
online in recent years, Lotto 6/49 continues to innovate and produce more
winners in Québec."
Loto-Québec's mission is to
responsibly and efficiently manage games of chance in a controlled and measured
fashion, in the interest of all Quebecers. Entertainment is at the heart of its
activities. From January 1 to June 7, 2017, Loto-Québec has awarded 65
prizes worth $1 million or more, for a total of 83 new millionaires. Thanks to
the lotteries Gagnant à vie! and Grande Vie, 16 lucky winners walked
away with a lifetime annuity or a lump sum.
Era Dawns for the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE)
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (June 8,
2017) -- In 2017 the Australasian Gaming Expo opens at its permanent home, the
new ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour.
Were excited about the new
location and by the fact that AGE is the worlds third largest gaming
industry trade show. Requiring 19,000 square metres of floor space, it is one
of the largest trade events in Australia and easily the largest gaming event in
the Southern Hemisphere.
A finalist in last years EEAA
Awards for Excellence, the event attracts exhibitors and visitors from around
Australia and internationally.
Owned and operated by the Gaming
Technologies Association, AGE is the ultimate showplace for new gaming
technologies for casinos, clubs and hotels. The biggest attraction is the new
machines and games from poker machine suppliers, who look forward to August
each year to unveil their best products.
The Associations primary
members Ainsworth, Aristocrat, Aruze, Ebet, IGT, Interblock, Konami and
Scientific Games are worlds-best at their trade and AGE presents a great
opportunity for their customers from around the region to experience the
latest, cutting-edge gaming design and technologies. And with 15 new casinos
scheduled to open in the Asia-
Pacific region in the next 5 years
now is the time for suppliers to engage their customers.
New gaming technologies are not the
only attraction, with 250 exhibitors (including over 50 for the first time)
proudly showcasing Audio Visual equipment, ATM Equipment, Building
Services, Cash Handling &
Equipment, Consultancy Services, Entertainment, Financial
Services, Food and Beverage,
Furniture, I.T., Interior Design & Fitout, Marketing Services, Membership
Management, Paging & Communication, Point of Sale Systems, Retail,
Security, Signage & Displays and Staff Uniforms. So theres definitely
something for everyone in the hospitality world.
There theyll see 800 poker
machines and hundreds of truckloads of signage and equipment which is moved in
to the ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre, installed, connected, tested, used and
compared by the most demanding critics and then moved out again all in
only a few days.
Last year 2,527 visitors attended
the first day, with 2,911 on the second day and 1,359 on the third day. They
came from every Australian State and Territory, along with a big contingent
from New Zealand and international guests from America, Europe and around the
92% of visitors surveyed last year
saw the Expo as an opportunity to see new products and technology, while 96%
said the exhibition stand quality was good or excellent and 96% said the event
itself was satisfactory or excellent.
Visitors who attend the Australasian
Gaming Expo are eligible to win a trip for two to the
Global Gaming Expo in Las
Vegas including airfares from Sydney and 5 nights at a luxurious Vegas
Resort and Casino. One trip for two will be drawn on each day of the Gaming
The AGE17 app is available for
download at the Apple Store, or via the event website. The app features
information including how to get to the venue, transport timetables, an
interactive floor plan and a detailed exhibitor list. Visitors who have
installed the app and accept messages, will receive a welcome message as they
pass through the entry gate. Once theyre inside the exhibition and pass
various points they will get updates about the daily Las
|Delegates attending AGE 2016
Vegas trip draw, entertainment and
This year we will be running
complimentary seminars for all visitors over the first two days of the Expo. A
highlight is the seminar at 9am on Wednesday 16 August, when financial
commentator Michael Pascoe will chair a panel of Global CEOs from the gaming
When visitors register on-line to
attend the event, theyre also offered the opportunity to register for any
seminars they wish to attend.
For the first time the Expo will
feature the AGE Daily newspaper, covering both event and industry
news, which will be free to all registered visitors and will be available
All visitors will be able to take
away information in digital show bags just by tapping their entry
badge at their preferred exhibitors stands and theyll receive email
The event website includes the
interactive floor plan which is updated in real time, along with a list of
exhibitors which can be sorted by company name, stand number or category
and provides contact details for each exhibitor and their website address for
|Delegates attending AGE 2016
Exhibition entry is complimentary to
gaming industry executives, courtesy of the Gaming Technologies Association.
The exhibition is open from 10am on Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17
August and closes at 5pm on the Tuesday and Wednesday (closes at 3pm on the
Thursday). Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless
exhibiting and nobody under 18 years of age (including infants) may enter the
More information and Visitor
registration are available online at www.austgamingexpo.com or call the Gaming
Expo Help Line on 02 9211 7430.
Visit the event website
www.austgamingexpo.com or call the Help Line on +61 2 9211 7430.
Note: The Australasian Gaming Expo
is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry
Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support
bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry
venues. Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless
The Gaming Technologies
Associations primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat
Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, eBet Group, IGT (Australia), Interblock
Asia Pacific, Konami Australia and Scientific Games.
For further information CONTACT:
DECLARATION: Lottery Insider
is a media partner for the Australasian Gaming Expo
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
Association Limited (www.gamingta.com).
Scientific Games Debuts First Skill-Based Slot Machine with
Classic Arcade Video Game Favorite -- SPACE INVADERS
Innovative new slot
integrates authentic alien shooter bonus game, free games, and an option to Buy
LAS VEGAS, NV (June 8, 2017) --
Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the
"Company") announced today the launch of its first slot machine with a
skill-based bonus SPACE INVADERS featured on the sleek and
innovative Blades32 cabinet.
Based on the popular classic arcade
video game, which was originally released in 1978, SPACE INVADERS is a
six-reel, 60-line slot game that features a number of bonuses including free
games and the SPACE INVADERS Bonus. Channeling the original alien shooter game,
the SPACE INVADERS Bonus allows the player to control a laser cannon, moving it
horizontally across the bottom of the screen while trying to shoot down rows of
descending aliens, collecting credits, advancing levels and vying for one of
the multi-level Jackpot Pools.
Players also have the option to
bypass the base slot game and Buy a Bonus on demand, taking them directly to
the SPACE INVADERS Bonus where they play with higher credit win levels than the
normal base game.
"SPACE INVADERS is one of the true
classic video arcade games and a childhood favorite for many who grew up in the
era of video games. We are thrilled to bring this iconic game to casino
slot game play," said Derik Mooberry, Group Chief Executive of Gaming for
Scientific Games. "Our development team worked diligently to ensure that
our first skill-based game featured authentic SPACE INVADERS game play,
complete with its familiar alien symbols and correlative music, and we are
certain that players are going to be captivated with this compelling new
SPACE INVADERS is currently
available in New Jersey and will soon be available in various jurisdictions
throughout North America.
About SPACE INVADERS
Planned, developed, and released by
TAITO Corporation (TAITO), the 1978 arcade game SPACE INVADERS became an
instant global phenomenon. Today, its iconic characters frequently appear both
in licensed projects worldwide and as TAITO's corporate mascots.
Chosen as an art collection of MOMA,
and a collaborative character with famous fashion brands, SPACE INVADERS is
still loved all over the world today.
TAITO is the exclusive owner of the
global intellectual property rights, including copyrights and trademarks, for
SPACE INVADERS and its characters, and takes an active role regarding new SPACE
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation
(NASDAQ:SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services
and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets.
The Company's portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems;
table games products and shufflers; instant and draw-based lottery games;
server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and
rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information,
please visit ScientificGames.com.
SPACE INVADERS © TAITO
CORPORATION 1978. 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. TAITO CORPORATION is the
exclusive owner of the global intellectual property rights, including
copyrights and trademarks, for SPACE INVADERS and its characters.
All ® notices signify marks
registered in the United States. © 2017 Scientific Games
Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Bill Pfund +1 702-532-7663
Vice President, Investor
Vice President, Corporate
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Winning Powerball Jackpot Ticket Worth a Revised $447.8 Million
Sold in California!
SACRAMENTO, California (June 10,
2017) -- A single Powerball ticket sold in Sun City (Riverside County) has
successfully matched all six numbers (20-26-32-38-58 and red Powerball number
3) in tonights Powerball draw! The $447.8 million jackpot (revised amount
based on sales) is the 7th-largest jackpot in Powerball game history.
We will not know who
Californias latest Powerball winner is until at least Monday morning at 8
a.m. Thats the soonest theyll be able to claim their prize. Whoever
the winner turns out to be will now have the option of taking the entire $447.8
million spread out over 30 years, or they can elect to take the lump sum amount
of $279.1 million.
While we still dont know who
the winner is, we do know the winning ticket was purchased at Marietta Liquor
& Deli, which is located at 27985 Bradley Road in Sun City (Riverside
This lucky retailer wins as well! It
will be receiving a huge $1 million retailer bonus just for selling the winning
ticket. (The retailer bonus comes from a separate fund and is not subtracted
from the winners jackpot prize).
Tonights winner is strongly
encouraged to sign the back of their ticket in ink, keep it in a safe place
where theyll remember and visit any of the Lotterys nine district
office locations as soon as possible. Tonights jackpot winner has one
year from the draw date to claim their prize.
Powerball is part of the
Lotterys continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners
and most importantly, earn more money for California public schools!
Powerball is played in 44 states
(plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw
times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PDT. Ticket sales are suspended
from 7:00 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. the day of the draw.
Tickets are $2 and can be purchased
from any of the more than 22,000 California Lottery retailers or one of the
more than 4,000 Lottery Lucky Retailers. Please visit the California
Lotterys Powerball site for more information on how to play.
The California Lottery is a $6
billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies
that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars from the
States General Fund. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to
California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. In FY
2015-16, the Lottery created 98 new millionaires. Ninety-five cents of every
dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of
contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation.
The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their
budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you
can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.
SOURCE: California State
Pollard Banknote Awarded Pull-Tab Ticket Contract By Michigan
YPSILANTI, Michigan (June 14, 2017)
-- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is
pleased to announce that, following a competitive procurement process, it has
been awarded a contract to serve as the sole supplier of validation pull-tab
tickets and related services for the Michigan Lottery. The contract will run
until December 31, 2022, with the potential for three additional one-year
extensions. The value of the contract term, including contract renewals, is
estimated to be $5.6 million.
The contract extends the 21-year
relationship between Pollard Banknote and the Michigan Lottery, which began in
1996 with an instant ticket contract. Since 2003, the company has printed
nearly half a billion pull-tabs for the Lottery through its wholly owned
subsidiary, American Games. Working with the Michigan Lottery, Pollard Banknote
has adapted strategies from the instant games category to develop and enhance
the pull-tab product line. Examples of that include introducing popular themes
from the instant category (e.g., Cash for Life) and various licensed
properties, as well as by evolving prize structures to offer higher top prizes.
In FY2016, pull-tab tickets from the Lottery generated approximately $32
million in revenue to support education in Michigan.
We are thrilled to again be
selected as the Lotterys sole supplier of validation pull-tab
tickets, said Donna Preziotti, Director, Sales & Marketing,
Pollard Banknote. Since the inception of the Lotterys pull-tab
product line in 2003, we have worked together to enhance these tickets by
incorporating many innovative features. In 2009, we successfully implemented
bar coded validation, providing added security and accountability to these
games. We see a lot of potential for sales increases in this category and
were excited about pursuing this together with the Michigan
Pollard Banknote has
consistently proven to be a leader in the lottery industry with its
state-of-the-art innovations and services. We are pleased that the company will
continue to serve as our pull-tab ticket supplier, said Aric Nesbitt,
the Commissioner of the Michigan Lottery. Pollard Banknote provides
unparalleled industry knowledge and strategies that have improved the financial
performance of our pull-tab products. We look forward to working with Pollard
Banknote to develop future innovations that help support the Lotterys
mission of providing funds for public education in Michigan.
In addition to providing pull-tab
tickets, Pollard Banknote has served as the Michigan Lotterys primary
supplier of instant tickets for more than two decades, providing print
innovations and marketing services to the Lottery, including game designs,
launch strategy recommendations, and prize structure strategies.
About the Michigan
Since its inception in 1972, the
Lotterys mission has been to maximize revenues to supplement the
states School Aid Fund with entertaining games of chance. The Lottery has
contributed more than $20.5 billion to support Michigans public schools,
including a record $888.9 million in FY2016.
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
National Statistics Office Publishes its Quarterly Report The Gaming
Sector Continues to Grow
By Malta Gaming Authority
MALTA (June 9, 2017) -- The gaming
industry continued to grow sustainably during the first quarter of 2017. This
was reflected in an increase in the number of remote gaming licence
applications received, from 22 in Q1/2016 to 44 in Q1/2017. Furthermore, the
MGA issued 26 remote gaming licences during the first quarter of 2017 compared
to 14 licences issued during the corresponding period of 2016. The number of
Maltese gaming licences continued to increase reaching 543 as at the end of
Provisional estimates published by
the National Statistics Office (NSO) indicate that the gaming industry
directly contributed 13% of the total economic gross value added (GVA)
generated in the Maltese economy during the first quarter of 2017, an increase
of 10% compared to the first quarter of 2016 reaching a total GVA of
277m. Employment in the gaming sector also increased by 16% during the
first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 reaching a total of
5,458 employees. The latter figure does not include indirect employment in the
gaming sector. It must be noted that the contributions identified by the NSO
refer solely to gaming services activity and do not take into account the
indirect contribution which the gaming industry is making to other sectors of
the economy such as ICT and real estate as a result of its establishment in
MGA Chairman, Joseph Cuschieri said:
While the MGA acknowledges the positive results achieved during the
first quarter of 2017, the Authority is committed to its continuous improvement
programme to enhance its service delivery, governance and supervision of all
gaming activities in and from Malta. Our priority remains to ensure fairness of
games, protection of minors and vulnerable persons and the prevention of crime,
fraud and money laundering. Our key focus for the coming years shall be to
raise quality & standards across all gaming sectors, raise the bar in the
overall governance and supervision of the gaming sector, engage and build
partnerships with other jurisdictions, key stakeholders and regulators, explore
new growth areas including niche gaming sectors and innovations and enhance
consumer protection mechanisms and empowerment.
For a downloadable version of this
press release please click
 National Statistics Office
Malta, News Release 093/2017
SOURCE: Malta Gaming Authority.
|Fastrak Lottery Solutions
Congress Krakow 2017
Lottery Solutions Shines through!
It was great to be able to share
the incredible facts and figures of the increase in sales our units delivered
for Premier Lotteries Ireland with people who visited our booth.
43% increase in Instant Ticket sales over a 12 week period! If you want to see
how we do this follow the link below to our website.
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and Rambler Media to Launch bwin Branded Sports Betting Offer in
DOUGLAS, Isle of Man (June 7, 2017)
-- GVC Holdings PLC (LSE:GVC), the multinational sports betting and gaming
group and Digital Betting LTD, supported by Rambler&Co, the Russian media
group, are pleased to announce they have formed a multi-year partnership to
offer a bwin branded sports betting product to customers in the Russian
Under the terms of this ground
breaking partnership, GVC will supply its market-leading technology platform,
support services and sports betting product, along with a licence to use the
internationally recognised bwin brand mark. Digital Betting will operate the
service under its Russian online gaming licence. The new bwin.ru site is
expected to launch later this year and will be available via both desktop and
The partnership, which brings
together one of Russia's largest and most innovative online media companies
with one of the world's most popular gaming brands, will be amongst the first
licensed online betting services offered in Russia and it is anticipated it
will take a leading position in the market.
GVC's Chief Operating Officer Shay
"We are delighted to be
partnering with one of Russia's leading online media organisations. We believe
the combination of the bwin brand, GVC's cutting edge technology and Rambler's
marketing expertise will provide an extremely compelling offering for Russian
Dmitry Sergeev, CEO of Digital
"For quite a long period of time
Russian sports bettors have been waiting for innovative solutions in Russian
betting industry. We are extremely pleased to be offering the internationally
admired bwin sports betting brand and product in Russia. We believe this
partnership has great potential to capture significant market share in Russia
when it launches later this year."
For further information CONTACT: GVC
Holdings PLC, Jay Dossetter: T: +44 (0) 20 7337 0100.
About GVC Holdings PLC
GVC Holdings PLC is a leading
e-gaming operator in both B2C and B2B markets. GVC has four business segments
with a number of brands; Sports Labels (bwin, Sportingbet, Gamebookers), Games
Labels (partypoker, partycasino, Foxy Bingo, Gioco Digitale, CasinoClub), B2B
and non-core assets. GVC acquired bwin.party digital entertainment plc on 1
February 2016. The Group is headquartered in the Isle of Man, is a constituent
of the FTSE 250 index and has licences in more than 18 countries.
For more information see the Group's
Rambler&Co is one of the largest
Russian groups of companies working in the sphere of media, technologies and
e-commerce with the audience over 40 million people a month. The leader among
media holdings within RuNet coverage (a ranking of the Center of researches of
RIA Novosti "TOP-20 media holdings on coverage in the RuNet" from 11/28/2013).
The group of company was formed by the fusion of business of "Afisha-Rambler"
(including the Rambler portal and such services as Rambler/cash desk, Afisha
Restaurants, Rambler/real estate, and internet editions "Afisha", Lenta.ru and
an e-commerce platform Price.ru) and SUP Media (including Gazeta.ru,
LiveJournal.com, Championat.com, etc). Since April, 2014 the company works as
Rambler&Co brand. The head of Rambler&Co and board of directors
chairman is Alexander Mamut.
SOURCE: GVC Holdings PLC.
as 1-2-3! CT Lotterys Play3 Night Draws Sequential Numbers on June 12,
$757,190.50 in Total
Prizes to be Awarded
ROCKY HILL, CT (June 13, 2017) --
For some lucky CT Lottery players, winning Play3 Nightis as easy as
1-2-3! The popular numbers were drawn last night, June 12, 2017.
Statewide, a total of 4,306 winning
Play3 Night tickets were sold for the June 12th drawing. After all
winning tickets are presented for claim, $757,190.50 in prize money will be
paid out by the CT Lottery.
Since the Play3 Night game began,
1-2-3 has been drawn a total of 14 times in the nightly drawing with the last
combination being picked on September 17, 2013. Because Play3 prize
payouts are based upon the amount wagered, players who had 1-2-3 on their Play3
Night tickets for June 12, 2017 can expect to win from $25 up to $2,500 per
wager in prize money.
Though the bulk of winners will most
likely redeem their tickets in the next few days, players with winning tickets
have 180 calendar days from the date of draw to collect their winnings.
The Lottery encourages all winners to redeem their tickets promptly.
The CT Lottery reminds the public
that purchasers must be 18 or older, and to please play responsibly. If
you gamble, use your GameSense. For information about the CT Lottery,
stop by any CT Lottery retailer, visit CTLOTTERY.ORG, join us on Facebook
(facebook.com/CTLottery) and Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery), or call (860)
CONTACTS: Linda Tarnowski, T:
(860) 713-2701 or Derek Wong, T: (860) 713-2702, Fax: (860) 713-2695.
SOURCE: CT Lottery (www.ctlottery.org).
Camelot UK Announces in-Depth Review of National Lottery
WATFORD, U.K. (June 13, 2017) --
Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (Camelot) is carrying out a strategic
review after achieving total National Lottery ticket sales for the 2016/17
financial year (1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017) of £6,925.3 million.
Although the fourth-best sales performance since The National Lotterys
launch in 1994, the figure represents a fall of 8.8% when set against last
years record sales of £7,595.2 million.
On behalf of the Board, the review
is being led by Nigel Railton, CEO of Camelot Global, who took over
Camelots UK operations following Andy Duncans decision in April to
It is focusing on four key business
areas commercial plans to boost sales performance; investment in
technology and systems; the current business structure; and long-term
succession and an update will be given when Camelot announces its
half-year sales later in the year.
Camelots performance in
2016/17 saw players and Good Causes share over £5.4 billion
underlining how The National Lottery is continuing to transform the lives of
people and communities throughout the UK.
Combined with the Lottery Duty it
pays to government and the commission it pays its retail partners, Camelot
returns around 95 pence of every pound in revenue back to society one of
the highest percentages of any major lottery operator in the world.
In the year to 31 March 2017,
Camelot created 393 new lottery millionaires more than one a day and a
new National Lottery record, beating the previous high of 367 set in 2012/13
and awarded £3,943.2 million in prize money to players.
The National Lottery has now awarded
over £63 billion in prize money to date, creating over 4,600 millionaires
in the process.
Over the same period, Camelot
delivered £1,628.0 million (excluding investment returns) for Good Causes
more than £30 million every week taking the total delivered
to date to over £37 billion.
National Lottery funding has now
been awarded to more than 510,000 individual projects across the UK an
average of 170 lottery grants in every neighbourhood.
However, total returns to Good
Causes in 2016/17 were lower than in the previous year. This was mainly because
of disappointing performance across The National Lotterys range of
draw-based games especially on Lotto, with player confidence in the game
still dented by three very long and statistically unexpected rollover series in
quick succession at the beginning of 2016. EuroMillions also had a soft first
six months in 2016/17 but its performance improved significantly over the
second half of the year following the game changes Camelot introduced in late
Commenting on the review, Jo Taylor,
Chairman of Camelot, said: Achieving the fourth-highest ever sales,
creating a record number of lottery millionaires and raising over £30
million every week for Good Causes is no mean feat. However, sales in 2016/17
fell well short of where wed like them to be and thats
largely down to a disappointing year for draw-based games and Lotto in
particular. Theres clearly work to be done to re-engage players and
address the performance of our draw-based games and this is one key area
that Nigel is focusing on as part of the wider review he is conducting.
Given the current climate of
economic uncertainty and increasing competition from the gambling sector, we
expect 2017/18 to be equally, if not more, challenging for The National
Lottery. It will therefore take time to turn things around and I anticipate a
further sales decline this year. I am, however, confident that the review will
enable us to put the business on the best possible footing to get back into
growth and so deliver even more for our players and the millions of
people for whom National Lottery funding is so crucial over the remainder of
this licence period.
NOTE: Total ticket sales and all
related financial results figures for 2016/17 are subject to final audit.
For further information, please
CONTACT: Camelot Press Office: 020 7632 5711
Laboratories International (GLI®) Brings 20+ Years of Global iGaming
Customer Service and Expertise to Canadian Gaming Summit
VANCOUVER, BC, Canada (June 14,
2017) For more than 20 years, Gaming Laboratories International
(GLI®) has supported regulators, operators and suppliers with
industry-leading testing and certification services. Next week, the company is
sponsoring the Canadian Gaming Summit conference and trade show in Vancouver,
BC, where GLIs Vice President of iGaming and Canadian Services Salim L.
Adatia will discuss mission-critical issues with attendees.
Adatia will be a panelist on two
- The Power of Negotiation Tuesday, June 20,
from 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
- The Benefits, Issues and Challenges of Using Cloud
Services for the iGaming Industry Wednesday, June 21, from 3:05 p.m. to
Adatia said, The Canadian
Gaming Summits theme, the rapid pace of change, is incredibly
relevant to the regulators, operators and suppliers GLI serves in the
land-based, lottery and iGaming industries. The rapidly evolving pace of
technology presents a constant challenge for our customers, which is why, for
the past 27 years, GLI has been researching, developing and enhancing processes
for robust product testing and security auditing to help our clients navigate
the ever-changing technological landscape.
Advances in technology have brought
with them a growing popularity of iGaming, skill-based games, Daily Fantasy
Sports (DFS), esports and electronic raffles, and Summit attendees can rely on
Adatia to lend his expert insights to these and other pressing topics.
GLI has been paving the way for
regulators, operators and suppliers entering the iGaming realm since 1996, and
the companys experts offer extensive knowledge on the field. The company
provides the following iGaming testing services:
- Game evaluations
- Game math and % Return to Player (RTP)
- Game payout analysis and reporting
- RNG testing, RNG data analysis and reporting
- Platform and Remote Gaming Systems (RGS)
- Integration, Application Program Interface (API)
and communications testing
- Security audits (penetration testing, vulnerability
analysis, threat and risk assessments)
- Slots, poker, bingo, jackpot and progressives
- Sportsbook, pari-mutuel and betting exchange
- Live dealer, proxy and skill-based gaming
- DFS, esports and social gaming audits
- Technical Standards Document (TSD) development and
- Multilingual services, consultation and compliance
In addition, GLI experts have
developed industry technical standards, which can be downloaded at
gaminglabs.com/gli-standards, to help shape future regulations. GLIs
technical standards are comprised of best practices from jurisdictions around
the globe and are continuously updated to incorporate the latest developments
in technology. Specifically for iGaming, GLI developed GLI-19: Interactive
Gaming Systems. Achieving compliance to GLI-19 ahead of entry to other
regulated markets allows suppliers to realize efficiencies in both testing
costs and product time-to-market given reduced incremental testing and
certification efforts that may otherwise have been required.
To learn more about GLIs
services, visit gaminglabs.com, or contact Adatia at firstname.lastname@example.org to
arrange a meeting at the Summit.
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 gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Wins eGR Innovation Award for Playtech Live Casino Offering
New Playtech ONE Live
Casino offers Sky players enhanced mobile and desktop experience, product
enhancements and improved gameplay
LONDON, UK (June 8, 2017) -- Sky has
won this years eGaming Review Innovation in Casino award for its new
Playtech-supplied Live Casino, offering players an enhanced omni-channel
experience, product enhancements and richer gameplay.
Sky won the innovation award due to
its significant Live Casino growth and achievements, including close
collaboration with Playtech on Live product innovation, and usability and
accessibility that has driven consistent uplift in Live performance.
At eGRs B2B awards this week
Playtech picked up five trophies, a record for the event, winning awards for
Platform of the Year; Multi-channel supplier of the Year; Bingo Supplier of the
Year; and Poker Software and Poker Network of the Year.
Sky launched a new, state-of-the-art
dedicated Live Casino environment within Playtechs new studio in Riga,
Latvia, in April this year, using the industrys leading digital Roulette
wheel that allows players to immerse themselves in the action.
Skys new Live Casino is part
of Playtech Lives next-generation offering which, following significant
investment in the industrys most advanced technology, offers Sky and many
other leading brands and their players, with an enhanced mobile and desktop
experience, major product enhancements and improved gameplay.
The new Playtech Live building is
the worlds largest next-generation live casino studio catering for
hundreds of custom-made tables and gaming areas, an advanced control and
monitoring centre and large-scale dealer campus used to train and develop all
Playtech Lives staff.
Earlier this year Sky Casino also
won the first ever annual Playtech Award that recognises and rewards marketing
excellence and innovation across the Playtech Casino network of global
As a result of winning the Playtech
Award, Sky Casino received the top prize of one months exclusivity on a
new Playtech game as well as a sum of £50,000 marketing budget
Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, said:
Many congratulations to Sky on winning this prestigious and
well-deserved award. This is fantastic recognition for the growth and success
of their new offering, the close working relationship we continue to have with
them on Live and many other products, and the innovation both Sky and Playtech
continue to drive forward to generate such a unique and best-performing Live
Playtech is a market leader in the
gambling and financial trading industries. Founded in 1999 and listed on the
Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, Playtech has more than 5,000
employees in 17 countries.
Playtech is the gambling
industrys leading software and services supplier with more than 140
licensees globally, including many of the worlds leading regulated
online, retail and mobile operators, land-based casino groups, government
sponsored entities such as lotteries, and new entrants opening operations in
newly-regulated markets. Its business intelligence-driven gambling software
offering includes casino, live casino, bingo, poker and sports betting.
It is the pioneer of Omni-channel
gambling which, through Playtech ONE, offers operators and their customers, a
seamless, anytime, anywhere experience across any product, any channel (online,
mobile, retail) and any device using a single account and single wallet. It
provides marketing expertise, sophisticated CRM solutions and other services
for operators seeking a full turnkey solution.
Playtechs Financials division
operates both on a B2C and B2B basis. Its B2C focused offering is an
established and growing online CFDs broker, operating the brand
Its B2B offering includes the
division's proprietary trading platform, CRM and back-office systems, as well
as its liquidity technology platform which provides retail brokers with
multi-asset execution, prime brokerage services, liquidity and complementary
risk management tools.
SOURCE: Playtech plc (www.playtech.com).
Finnplay Group Awarded UK Licenses
HELSINKI, Finland (June 12, 2017) --
Finnplay, the Finnish-based open gaming platform provider, today announced that
the UK Gambling Commission had granted the company a Remote Gambling Software
Martin Prantner, chief executive
officer of The Finnplay Group, commented: The United Kingdom market is
without a doubt one of the biggest and longest-established licensed
jurisdictions in the world, with exacting regulatory standards that are sound,
rigid and trustworthy for both players and operators. We are very proud to have
been entrusted with UK licenses, to go along with our already pre-existing UK
Pool Betting License.
Finnplay Group awarded UK licenses
This will be a significant stepping stone for our companys
strategy of continued regulatory technical compliance and growth opportunities
in which we can offer our customers an all-inclusive, serviced gaming product
for the UK, with a full array of licensed products across the gaming spectrum
including, betting, pool betting, and casino.
About The Finnplay Group
Founded in 2008, Finnplay provides a
handcrafted open iGaming platform with the option to own the source code for
the iGaming industry. The gaming platform is compliant in the regulated gaming
jurisdictions of Malta, UK, Belgium, Hungary, Bulgaria, Mexico and Curacao.
The platform caters to start-ups,
SMEs as well as large established companies looking to replace existing
legacy gaming systems or improve them, and includes a huge range of casino
games (4000+) from major gaming studios as well as numerous global and
localized 40+ payment integrations for operators.
Viral Interactive LTD is the
groups white label multi-channel casino and betting solutions provider
and holds a UK Operating Casino License, and a Betting License.
our first brand fully operating under the UKGC license.
For more information please visit:
For additional information, please
CONTACT: Erkki Nikunen, Finnplay, Phone: + 358 40 71 54 486, E-mail:
SOURCE: Finnplay press release.
Neuaubing Receives the European Lotteries (EL) Sport Award for Its Project
KRAKOW, Poland (June 8, 2017) -- In
a ceremony held yesterday in Krakow, as part of the EL Congress, the first
edition of the EL Sport Award was handed to the Bavarian sports club ESV
Neuaubing for its Sports United project. Established in 2012 with
the objective to offer real integration opportunities to refugees and asylum
seekers in and through sport, the project - first of its kind in Germany -
empowers and integrates numerous refugees of all sexes, ages and abilities
through different sports. Under the roof of sports club ESV Neuaubing players
are also competing in the regular league of the Bavarian Soccer Association
as the very first team of refugees in the state.
EL Secretary General, Arjan
vant Veer, states: We congratulate ESV Neaubing for winning this
first edition of the EL Sport Award and we look forward to providing support to
similar sport projects through future editions of the EL Sport Award. This
Award is fully in line with the EL Members strong commitment to society,
sport values and integrity. Olaf Butterbrod, Head of Football
of ESV Neaubing added We are delighted to win the 2017 edition of the
EL Sport Award and we are grateful to the European Lotteries for having
selected us. This Award gives us strength to continue our activities, whereas
the financial contribution which accompanies it will gives us additional means
to bring to life our ideas to further enhance the impact.
Open to any initiative seeking to
tackle negative phenomena in/through sport or to support societal causes
through sport, the European Lotteries Sport Award was launched through a
call for submissions/nominations in September 2016. Among the 16
submissions/nominations received, the selection was based on a set of criteria,
including the quality of application, relevance of project, inspirational value
and impact. The call for nominations/submissions for the 2nd edition of the EL
Sport Award will be launched in September 2017.
EL CONTACTS: Evangelos Alexandrakis,
EL Sport Executive Secretary, Tel: + 41(0)21 311 30 25, E:
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 43 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).