Frances National Lottery Extends Instant Ticket Contract
with Pollard Banknote
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (May 17, 2017) --
Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is pleased
to announce that it has received a three-year contract extension from La
Française des Jeux (FDJ®), Frances national
lottery, for the supply of instant lottery tickets. Under this extension,
Pollard Banknote will print 12 of the Lotterys 17 brands, representing an
increased volume of work.
This extension continues Pollard
Banknotes long-standing partnership with the Lottery, which began in 1996
and continues to be an exceptionally cooperative and effective working
relationship. This contract extension is a testament to Pollard Banknotes
ability to foster enduring and reliable relationships with its Lottery
partners, working together to fulfill the common goal of increasing revenues
and profits to support good causes. For over 20 years, FDJ® has achieved
notable sales success with several of Pollard Banknotes industry-leading
innovations, including Scratch FX®, featured on the Lotterys 5
Saphir game. Pollard Banknotes patented Scratch FX® adds sparkle and
shine to instant tickets for a visual appeal and brilliance that exceeds that
of foil, holographic foil, and metallic inks, and drives sales by making
tickets stand out at retail.
In 2011, FDJ® launched its
3 Mots Croisés (Crossword) game which went on to become the
Lotterys sixth best-selling game that year. As the leading expert in
Bingo and Crossword games, Pollard Banknotes industry-first translucent
marking system combined with its unsurpassed knowledge of extended play games
has made it the primary printer of all the Lotterys Crossword games
(2 Mini Mots Croisés, 5 Maxi Mots Croisés, 10
Mega Mots Croisés).
We are very proud of the
long-standing relationship we have with La Française des Jeux,
said Chabha Bettoum, Senior Manager, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote.
For the past 20 years, our relationship has grown into a very
successful partnership and we value this opportunity to continue working with
the Lottery. Through ongoing consultation, we have worked together to develop
many instant lottery tickets that excite and engage players throughout
La Française des Jeux began
as Frances National Lottery in 1933 and has grown to become the second
largest lottery in Europe and the fourth largest lottery worldwide, offering 26
million customers a range of lottery games and sports betting for the general
public, through responsible and safe play. The Lottery is a primary source of
funding for the National Centre for the Development of Sport (220 million
in 2016) and a loyal partner of both the French National Olympic and Sports
Committee (CNOSF) and the French Paralympic and Sports Committee (CPSF).
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 Limited.
Florida Lottery Celebrates Best April Sales on
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (May 11, 2015)
-- The Florida Lottery had its strongest start ever to the final quarter of the
fiscal year, with record sales for the month of April totaling more than $528
million. Over the past five years, sales during the month of April have swelled
by more than $100 million, a 23.5% increase. Additionally, the Lottery
contributed more than $130 million to the states Educational Enhancement
Trust Fund (EETF) during the month of April alone.
I am extremely proud of our
Florida Lottery team and retailers as we continue to shatter previous
records, said Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie. In
addition to their winning experiences, our players should take pride in knowing
that with the purchase of every Lottery ticket, they are making a difference in
the lives of Floridas students.
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 www.flalottery.com.
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.
INTRALOT Group Announces New CEO in the USA
ATHENS, Greece (May 12, 2017) -- The
INTRALOT Group announces the appointment of John R. Donahue as CEO of its USA
venture INTRALOT Inc. Mr. Donahue has 30 years of lottery and gaming experience
in the global market. His strengths combine strategic vision with product
development, technology delivery, as well as operational and sales execution.
Before coming to INTRALOT he worked
for 10 years as Managing Director of the International Systems Division at
Scientific Games and previously as International Sales Director and Northern
Europe Sales and Operations Vice President for IGT (GTECH Dreamport) and CEO of
SIRIUS Gaming LLC.
INTRALOT Group CEO Antonios I.
Kerastaris said: I am thrilled to welcome John as CEO of INTRALOT Inc.
His proven record of achievement and the breadth of his strategic horizon and
thinking will be an amazing addition and asset for INTRALOTs presence and
business growth in North America which currently presents enormous
opportunities for modernizing lotteries in a digital world. I look forward
working with him.
John Donahue said: I am
very excited to join a very innovative company like INTRALOT and I am very
impressed by their accomplishments in the US market. INTRALOT has a fantastic
customer portfolio and I look forward to building upon these relationships and
expanding the business throughout the region.
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 1.32 billion
turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,300 employees (3,450 of
which in subsidiaries and 1,850 in associates) in 2016, 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.
For more information CONTACT: Ms.
Dimitra Tzimou, Corporate Relations Manager, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax:
+30-210 6106800, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).
WONKA GOLDEN TICKET Game Offers Lucky Player A Chance To Win Up To $1
Linked Instant Lottery Game Prize in U.S. History
LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (May 11, 2017)
-- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the
"Company") today announced that it has created a multi-state linked game with
the largest prize opportunity for a linked lottery instant game in U.S.
history. The WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET game is launching initially in 11
U.S. states. The "scratch" game offers players the chance to win prizes
instantly plus a bonus second-chance opportunity to win trips to Las Vegas
where lucky second-chance players will take part in the WILLY WONKA
BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE event to win cash prizes from $1,000 up to $1
With sales off to a strong start,
the Texas Lottery was first to launch the WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET game
in March, followed by the Georgia Lottery and Kentucky Lottery in April, and
the Colorado Lottery and Maine State Lottery in May. In addition to the 11
lotteries set to offer the game to their players in 2017-18, a number of other
lotteries are considering adding the game to their portfolio.
Jim Kennedy, Group Chief Executive,
Lottery for Scientific Games said, "We are thrilled that one lucky player is
going to get a shot at winning up to a $1 billion in the BILLION DOLLAR
CHALLENGE. We have been exploring the billion dollar prize concept for
some time, and we believe the wonderful world of WILLY WONKA ties in perfectly
to this large prize opportunity."
"The WILLY WONKA GOLDEN
TICKET game has two great elements a GOLDEN TICKET and the BILLION
DOLLAR CHALLENGE. Like the iconic film, the game emphasizes life-changing
opportunities," Kennedy said. "The game has been extremely well received
by both state lotteries and players here in North America."
The WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET
game offers players a chance to win cash prizes at retail locations instantly
for winning tickets. Eligible non-winning tickets can be entered into an online
second-chance drawing for the opportunity to win a four-day/three-night trip to
Las Vegas (player plus guest), including airfare, deluxe accommodations, ground
transportation, spending money, and participation in the BILLION DOLLAR
CHALLENGE for the opportunity to win up to a $1 billion annuity. The
BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE event is planned for May of 2018.
Scientific Games offers a full media
package for the WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET game, including TV and radio
ads, retail point-of-sale materials, and websites.
Lotteries can select from several
styles of branded game art, and have the flexibility to offer the game at the
$5-$20 price point. The majority of participating lotteries plan to launch the
game at $10.
The Texas Lottery opted to offer
their game as a $10 super-sized ticket (12" x 8") featuring three separate
"Super-sized tickets are very
popular with Texas players, and we knew they would enjoy the possibility of
finding a GOLDEN TICKET and the potential of winning up to a $1 billion
prize," said Gary Grief, Executive Director of the Texas Lottery.
"More than two million tickets
were sold in just the first few weeks, supporting our continued mission to
generate revenue for Texas education and veterans."
The $1 billion prize would be paid
as an annuity over 40 years. At the individual lottery's discretion, players
may choose a lump sum payment. For rules, regulations, and additional details
on the WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET and BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE,
visit the participating lotteries' official websites.
WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE
FACTORY and all related characters and elements © and Warner Bros.
Entertainment Inc. (s17)
All ® notices signify marks
registered in the United States. © 2017 Scientific Games
Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
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
Camelot Congratulates Responsible National Lottery
89% of retailers
correctly checked ID during mystery shopping visits
WATFORD, UK (May 12, 2017) --
Camelot has congratulated National Lottery retailers after news that 89% of
retailers visited in 2016 correctly asked for ID as proof of age on the first
occasion up 3% on 2015s results. This was following the company
conducting 11,600 such visits last year as part of its long-term
commitment to preventing underage and excessive play of The National
As the mystery shopping visits kick
off for 2017, Camelot is now in the process of reminding retailers of their
responsibilities in this area. A leaflet and terminal sticker will be landing
in all National Lottery retailers with top tips on acceptable forms of
identification, what to do if a customer appears to be underage or playing too
much, and ways of ensuring all staff are correctly trained.
Camelots Head of Retail, James
Pearson, commented: To play any National Lottery game, you must be 16
or older. Obviously many retailers already have their own underage policies in
place such as Challenge 21 or 25 but were doing all we can
to provide support and guidance for National Lottery products specifically. So,
while ensuring people under 16 arent playing our games is vital,
its also important that retailers look out for people who might be
playing too much.
We hope that the leaflet
and terminal sticker provide retailers with some easy-to-use top tips
and well also be conducting telephone calls and face-to-face visits to
talk through what it means in their individual store. Were delighted with
the 89% pass-rate and Id personally like to thank all of our retailers
for this achievement. I hope that we can all work together to do even better in
Camelots mystery shopping
programme has been in place for over a decade and uses young people who are
over 16, but who look younger. If a retailer fails a mystery shopping visit on
three occasions, their National Lottery terminal will be suspended and is
likely to be removed. In addition, if a retailer is worried that one of their
customers is playing too much, details of GamCare the leading provider
of information, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and
treatment of problem gambling can be found on the back of all National
Lottery tickets and Scratchcards.
For further information, please
CONTACT: Camelot Press Office: 020 7632 5711.
SOURCE: Camelot UK Lotteries
Education Lottery Gives North Carolinians a Chance to
Dream a little
RALEIGH, North Carolina (May 12,
2017) -- The N.C. Education Lottery is showing a new look to North Carolina as
it refreshes and rebrands for another decade of service to the state.
The introduction of the new look,
shown in a statewide advertising campaign that begins this week, comes in
conjunction with the installation of all new lottery equipment, from the
centralized operating system to point-of-sale terminals and vending machines in
all 6,850 lottery retail locations.
The ad introduces the new brand logo
following a series of scenes of reflection capturing every day peoples
dreams a scuba diving vacation, a son remodelling his moms
kitchen, and a student graduating from college. The lotterys new logo
keeps the familiar mountains to the sea scene, graced with a shooting star, but
it now has evolved into a dreaming look with its first tagline: Dream
Alice Garland, executive director of
the lottery, said when North Carolinians are asked why they play the lottery
they say over and over again they have fun thinking about what to do if they
win. They talk about their dreams, she said.
Essentially a lottery is in
the business of possibilities, Garland said. Lottery games
offer prizes that deliver some joy and thrill to winners. Along the way, the
dreams that fuel the fun raise millions for education. And the money raised for
education helps the dreams of students and educators across our state come
Garland said new equipment and the
new look will position the lottery for continued success in raising money for
education during a new decade of service. It now raises more than half a
billion a year for the state with total contributions since the start of the
lottery in 2006 crossing the $5 billion milestone as of March 31st.
The new lottery system features:
- New lottery terminals or lottery vending machines
at all lottery retail locations. The equipment has large user-friendly touch
screens and a faster printer. This should speed up the time it takes for
lottery transactions to occur at retail locations.
- New instant ticket printing and warehousing system.
Instant tickets are the most popular lottery games and the new system should
make the ordering and distribution of instant tickets more efficient.
- A ticket checker or a lottery vending machine with
a ticket checking function at all retail locations. This allows players to
check and see for themselves if they have a winning ticket.
- New play centers at all retail locations. The play
centers will make it easier for players to get information about lottery games,
odds of winning, and prizes.
Players will see more upgrades in
the months to come as the lottery unveils a new website and a new mobile app
To see the new ad, go to:
CONTACT: Van Denton, Phone: (919)
SOURCE: N.C. Education Lottery.
NOVOMATIC Showcases Top Performers at Peru Gaming
GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (May 11,
2017) -- Making its premiere appearance at PGS this year is the attractive
GAMINATOR® Scorpion cabinet that brings leading content to the market in
stunning high definition. A series of cabinets will present games from the new
Impera Line HD Edition 5 such as Amazons Diamonds and
Upward, as well as Coolfire II-s Premium Multi-Game Editions with
the latest 6-reel, Extra-Bet feature versions of NOVOMATIC blue chip classics
Book of Ra deluxe and Lucky Ladys Charm deluxe.
Another first for the Peruvian
gaming show is the GENESIS II cabinet that offers a cost-effective way for
operators to present the latest NOVOMATIC content on their gaming floors.
This twin screen machine features a
wide selection of exciting slot content and will be displayed with titles such
as Julies Journey, Eternal Elements, as well as the new Magic
243 Lines and Secret of the Ankh.
Returning to the show is the
international hit V.I.P. Lounge cabinet that is making a standout
impression in Latin America as well as the rest of the world. Another
best-seller in the region is the elegant IMPERATOR S3 cabinet that will
be presented with a range of market-attuned content. Also at PGS will be
representatives from Octavian who will demonstrate the latest tools of the ACP
casino management system that continues to be deployed in the region.
The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the
biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and
employs some 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 260,000 gaming terminals in its some 1,800 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
SOURCE: NOVOMATIC Group.
Interactive Announce Expanded Relationship with and Investment by Tatts
TOOWONG, Qld., Australia (May 12,
2017) -- Leading internet lottery business, Jumbo Interactive Limited (ASX:
JIN), has expanded its decade long commercial relationship with Tatts Group
Limited (Tatts) (ASX: TTS), with a long term extension and expansion of its
existing lottery reseller agreements. The relationship is further strengthened
by Tatts subscribing for a substantial shareholding in Jumbo.
The key aspects of the agreements
are as follows:
- All current reseller agreements (NSW, Victoria,
South Australia, Northern Territory and Fiji) have been extended for five years
with potential to continue beyond 2022.
- Tatts has agreed to provide an expanded product
portfolio to include the popular Set for Life game.
- Tatts has purchased 6,609,686 newly issued fully
paid ordinary shares in Jumbo (giving Tatts a 15% shareholding) at $2.37 per
share, raising $15.66 million in equity capital.
- Tatts will also be granted a 12-month option to
acquire a further 3,474,492 ordinary shares with a $2.37 strike price, with the
issue of this option subject to shareholder approval. Jumbo will convene a
shareholder meeting for this purpose within the next 3 months.
- The reseller agreements include a new termination
right that permits (but does not oblige) Tatts to terminate each of the
reseller agreements in the event that:
a. there is a change of control of
b. Tatts' equity interest in Jumbo shares falls below 10%1 within the
next 2 years (other than as a direct result of a voluntary disposal by Tatts of
its interest in Jumbo or other prescribed share issues occurring in the
ordinary course); or
c. a competitor of Tatts: i. enters into a distribution
agreement with Jumbo; ii. acquires 10% or more voting power in Jumbo; iii. has
an associate or representative on the Jumbo board; or iv. increases its voting
power by at least 3% after the occurrence of item (ii) or (iii) above.
- Tatts has been invited by Jumbo to nominate a
representative to join the Board of Directors of Jumbo as a non-executive
director. Tatts does not presently intend to take up this invitation, however
the offer will remain available to Tatts for so long as it retains at least a
10% shareholding interest in Jumbo.
investment by Tatts in Jumbo further strengthens the commercial relationship
between them and secures Tatts' agreement to the extension and variation of the
reseller agreements. The $15.66 million share issue proceeds will be used by
Jumbo to fund or supplement:
- a. additional growth or business investment
opportunities arising from the expanded relationship with Tatts;
- b. strategic acquisition opportunities; and
- c. expansion opportunities identified by Jumbo such
as approaches to accelerate the growing charity lottery business.
Tatts support via the
expanded agreements and shareholding further aligns the Companies
interests and gives Jumbo certainty to plan for further longer term
growth, said Mr Veverka, Founder and CEO of Jumbo Interactive
Jumbo Interactive Limited is listed
in Australia (ASX: JIN) as well as the German Frankfurt, Berlin and Stuttgart
exchanges (Symbol: WKN A1C82X).
In 2000, Jumbo sold its first
lottery ticket on the internet and witnessed a dramatic rise in popularity due
to the convenience of buying tickets online. At first customers were attracted
to the security of never losing a ticket and the convenience of automatic
number checking, prize payments and auto-play. In 2012, Jumbo released a
lottery app for the iPhone and a new transition began driven by the convenience
of mobile lotteries. A new app for the Apple watch takes the customer
experience a step further with prize alerts, winning numbers and ticket
management now available on the wrist.
The Company operates the popular
website www.ozlotteries.com in Australia under agreement with the Tatts Group
Jumbo has proven its ability to open
up new lottery markets with its innovative technology and internet marketing
initiatives that have brought lotteries to new demographics via the internet.
Jumbo has succeeded in targeting a younger and more mobile demographic with
mobile now accounting for 75% of all customer interactions.
For further information CONTACT:
Mike Veverka, CEO and Executive Director, Ph: 07 3831 3705
SOURCE: Jumbo Interactive
ESSA Chair in Board Restructure
BRUSSELS, Belgium (May 11, 2017) --
International betting integrity body ESSA has elected a new Chairperson and
expanded its board. GVCs Heike Mayer succeeds outgoing ESSA Chair, Mike
OKane, who has held the position since 2012. The ESSA board has also
expanded to reflect its growing membership, with Betways Jon Russell and
David Foster of Paddy Power Betfair strengthening the board of directors.
Heike Mayer, who is responsible for
Public and Regulatory Affairs at GVC, is well-versed in the issues facing the
sector and moves from her position as Vice Chair of ESSA. She takes over as
Chair of the association from Mike OKane, a veteran of over 40 years in
the industry, who has stepped down following his retirement from Ladbrokes.
Id like to thank Mike
for all of his hard work over the last five years. He has done a great job in
repositioning the association and has been an influential and vocal advocate of
ESSA members and our sector in general. There are a number of key issues and
opportunities facing the industry going forward. I will be working with my
board colleagues to deliver and implement a strategy that meets those
challenges and maintains the strong working relationships that ESSA has
built, Mayer said.
ESSA Secretary General Khalid Ali
explained that: The expansion of the board reflects a desire to ensure
that we are best placed to represent the associations increasing
membership and to meet the ongoing challenges facing the sports betting sector.
We are very fortunate to have a wealth of experience and knowledge within our
membership to help drive us forward to achieve our goals.
ESSA holds positions on match-fixing
policy forums at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the IOC. It is
driving a number of activities aimed at addressing match-fixing, including a
player education programme with EU Athletes (see here) and an international
project, entitled Keep Crime out of Sport, led by the Council of
Europe both receive funding from the European Commission. ESSA has recently
released its Q1 2017 report, available
ESSA represents many of the
worlds biggest regulated sports betting operators, serving over 40
million consumers in the EU alone. Concerned regulated bookmakers created ESSA
in 2005 to monitor betting markets and alert sporting bodies and national
regulators to suspicious betting patterns. The goal was and is to protect
consumers from potential fraud caused by manipulating sporting events.
ESSA helps to combat this with
evidence-based intelligence it provides to sporting bodies and regulators.
Every year, our members invest over 50m in compliance and internal
security systems in order to help combat fraud. They also give back to sport
and society by spending 400m on sponsorship around the world - 250m
of that in Europe alone. This increases substantially when advertising and
photo and video-streaming rights are taken into consideration. ESSA and its
members also co-fund an education programme on gambling with EU Athletes that
reaches out to 15,000 athletes/players across at least ten different sports in
13 EU countries.
ESSA continues to play a key role as
the regulated betting sectors representative body at national and
international match-fixing policy forums and holds positions on working groups
at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the International Olympic
Committee (IOC). The organisation is continually reassessing and improving its
alert and reporting systems and has established information sharing
arrangements with a range of sports bodies and regulatory authorities.
ESSA members include: 888sport, ABB,
Bet-at-Home, Betclic, Betdaq, Betsson, BetStars, BetVictor, Betway, bet365,
bwin, Digibet, Expekt, Fonbet, Interwetten, Ladbrokes Coral, Paddy Power
Betfair, Sky Bet, Sportingbet, Sporting Index, Sportium, Stanleybet, Stoiximan,
Unibet and William Hill. For more information see ESSAs website at
http://www.eu-ssa.org/or visit us on twitter: @ESS.
Completes Acquisition of ComeOn
SWEDEN (May 11, 2017) -- Cherry AB
(publ) (Cherry) has today completed the acquisition of the
remaining 51 percent of the shares in ComeOn Malta Ltd (ComeOn),
and has accordingly closed the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares. The
integration work that has been successfully carried out since July 2016 and
with the acquisition, Cherry becomes the third largest online gaming operator
in the Nordics.
The total purchase price is based on
a multiple of ten times ComeOns operating profit (EBIT) for the full year
2016. The initial EUR 80,000,000 portion of the purchase price, which was paid
in July 2016, has been deducted from the total purchase price of EUR
289,804,087. The total purchase price for the remaining 51 percent of the
shares in ComeOn amounts to EUR 209,804,087 and has been paid with a
combination of a total of 3,341,657 newly issued shares of series B
(corresponding to 40 percent of the purchase price for the remaining 51 percent
of the shares in ComeOn) and EUR 125,882,474 paid in cash (corresponding to 60
percent of the purchase price for the remaining 51 percent of the shares in
ComeOn). The subscription price per newly issued share of series B has been
calculated to SEK 244.02 and been paid in kind in the form of shares in
The cash portion of the purchase
price has been financed through additional senior secured callable bonds issued
under Cherrys existing bond loan within a frame of total EUR 200,000,000,
with final maturity date 11 July 2020. The bonds are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm
In accordance with IFRS, ComeOn has
been consolidated as a wholly-owned subsidiary from 1 October 2016 from an
The new issue of shares was resolved
by Cherrys board of directors by virtue of authorization from the
Extraordinary General Meeting of 13 March 2017 and entails an increase of the
share capital of SEK 1,837,911.35 and a dilution of approximately 16.2 percent
of the shares and 11.3 percent of the votes in the company. The dilution has
been calculated as the number of issued shares and votes divided with the
number of shares and votes after the share issue. Following registration with
the Swedish Companies Registration Office (Sw. Bolagsverket), the number
of shares in Cherry will amount to a total of 20,602,732, representing a total
of 29,581,132 votes, distributed among 997,600 shares of series A and
19,605,132 shares of series B. Cherry does not have any holding of own
For further information, please
CONTACT: Anders Holmgren, CEO, +46 708 607 534,
Carolina Haglund Strömlid, Head of Investor Relations &
Communications, +46 708 807 173, email@example.com.
This information is information
that Cherry AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse
Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency
of the contact persons set out above on 11 May 2017.
Cherry in brief
Cherry is a Swedish innovating and
fast growing gaming company established in 1963. The business strategy is to
create shareholder value by owning and developing fast-growing and profitable
businesses within the gaming and casino industry. Cherry operates within five
diversified business areas, Online Gaming through ComeOn!, Performance-based
Marketing through Game Lounge, Gaming Technology through XCaliber. Game
Development through Yggdrasil Gaming and Restaurant Casino through Cherry
Spelglädje. The objective is to grow organic in combination with strategic
acquisitions of fast-growing companies. Cherry employs around 1 100 people and
has more than 6,000 shareholders. The Companys B-shares are listed on
VCGLR Chair and Deputy Chair Announced
MELBOURNE, Victoria (May 10, 2015)
-- Acting CEO of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
(VCGLR) Michael Everett today announced that Mr Ross Kennedy PSM has been
appointed to be the new Chair of the VCGLR and Ms Deirdre ODonnell PSM
has been appointed as Deputy Chair.
Mr Kennedy has served as Deputy
Chair and Commissioner since 2013. Prior to joining the VCGLR Mr Kennedy was
the Executive Director responsible for liquor, gaming and racing at the
Department of Justice and Regulation a role he performed for over 10
Ms ODonnell is currently a
Commissioner at the VCGLR and has extensive experience in executive roles in
the public and not-for-profit sectors.
Mr Kennedy will succeed Dr Bruce
Cohen, who has advised the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor
Regulation of his intention to vacate the position of Chair at the end of
Selects Service Provider For Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada (May 15,
2017) -- Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has selected HR Ottawa,
LP (known as Hard Rock Casino Ottawa) as the service provider for
the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle, following a competitive procurement process. The
Hard Rock Casino Ottawa partnership consists of HR LP Investor Inc. (owned by
Hard Rock International) and RCR Investor Inc. (owned by Rideau Carleton
Raceway Holdings Limited).
OLG has made an important
step toward improving the customer experience in the Ottawa region," said
Stephen Rigby, OLGs President and CEO. "The investments Hard Rock
Casino Ottawa will make will substantially enhance the gaming entertainment
experience, while increasing revenue for the Province and encouraging local
Were honoured to have
been chosen by OLG as the service provider for the Ottawa Area Gaming
Bundle, said Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International.
Together with RCR, we plan to potentially invest more than $320
million to create an electrifying, integrated entertainment destination,
leading to the potential creation of more than 1,900 construction-related jobs
and 2,000 direct and indirect ongoing jobs and opportunities for the Ottawa
We are delighted to bring
the iconic Hard Rock International casino operator to Ottawa, said
Andrew Wright, Director of Rideau Carleton Raceway. Rideau Carleton
Raceway has partnered with Hard Rock to build a major tourist destination that
will offer multi-level entertainment, energized horse racing, a broader market
and substantial economic benefits for all of our employees, patrons, and the
OLG has entered into a Transition
and Asset Purchase Agreement with Hard Rock Casino Ottawa for the Ottawa Area
Gaming Bundle, which sets out the customary closing conditions to be satisfied
for OLG and Hard Rock Casino Ottawa to enter into a 20-year Casino Operating
and Services Agreement (COSA). Under the COSA, Hard Rock Casino Ottawa will
take over day-to-day operations of OLG Slots at Rideau Carleton Raceway.
OLG expects that the service
provider will take over day-to-day operations in fall 2017.
OLG employees will transfer to the
new service provider and OLG will work with Hard Rock Casino Ottawa to ensure
they have as smooth and seamless a transition as possible. This includes a
requirement for the service provider to retain employees for a period of no
less than 12 months in their current position and geographic location, and to
provide eligible employees with benefits and a registered pension plan.
While Hard Rock Casino Ottawa will
be responsible for the day-to-day gaming operations in the bundle, OLG will
- Conduct and manage gaming in the bundle
- Require compliance with applicable regulations set
out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
- Be the owner of key player information
- Uphold the standards of its Responsible Gambling
program through the service provider, including the self-exclusion program
- Distribute Contribution Agreement payments to the
Hard Rock Casino Ottawa is required
to follow all applicable laws including AGCOs regulated standards which
require, among other things, rigorous Responsible Gambling policies and
To OLG, the integrity of its
procurement process is of the utmost importance.
Throughout the procurement process,
OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and
With venues in 75 countries,
including 175 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is
one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton
guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia,
which is displayed at its locations around the globe.
Hard Rock is also known for its
collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance
venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard
Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities
including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns,
licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include
the companys two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and
Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole
Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago,
Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe
locations include Valencia, Innsbruck, Andorra la Vella and Chengdu. New Hard
Rock Hotel projects include Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Berlin, Dubai, London, Los
Cabos, New York City, and Shenzhen, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more
information on Hard Rock International, visit:
Rideau Carleton Raceway Limited
("RCR") has operated Rideau Carleton Raceway Entertainment Centre and
standardbred racing since 1962. RCR is a longstanding member of the
Ottawa community. RCR takes great pride in the contributions they make, both to
the citizens of the community and in support of the region's horse racing
program. Residents and tourists have long visited RCR to enjoy the thrill of
watching standardbred races, attend events, and more recently, to play OLG
slots. RCR remains committed to supporting the Province's equestrian industry
and live horse racing in Canada.
OLG is the Ontario government agency
that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner. OLG
conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery
games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic
gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is helping to build a more
sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided
nearly $44 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. These payments to
the province support the operation of hospitals, amateur sport through the
Quest for Gold program, local and provincial charities and problem gambling
prevention, treatment and research.
SOURCE: OLG media release.
Sign as Champion Partner of Prestigious German Football Club Borussia
ISLE of MAN (May 17, 2017) -- Bwin,
the leading European sports betting operator, is pleased to announce it has
signed a new agreement to become a Champion Partner of Borussia Dortmund, one
of Germany's most prestigious football clubs. The multi-year partnership covers
the next four Bundesliga seasons, up until the end of the 2020/2021
As a Champion Partner, bwin branding
will feature prominently in-stadia on both large scale LED perimeter banners
and on pitch 'CamCarpets' during Dortmund's seventeen home Bundesliga fixtures
each season. bwin will also feature on the eight-time German champions'
In addition to traditional branding
integration, bwin will also be making a key contribution to match day
experiences, providing BVB fans with the latest odds and match information
online and via mobile apps.
Campaigns and promotions specially
tailored to BVB fans will be run on digital and traditional channels, to
highlight the new fan experiences. In addition, there will be opportunities to
win exclusive prizes, including the chance to participate in a special event
held by the 1997 Champions League winners. An opportunity that will excite
every BVB supporter.
Stephan Heilmann, bwin's regional
"'True love' is BVB's brand
promise and 'True love" binds us at bwin to football, just as much as the
Borussians and their fans. In our view, the brand fit consists of much more
than just our matching colours - identification, international presence and a
high degree of innovation are strong values we hold in common. We are looking
forward to working with BVB; as the Dortmund club's Champion Partner, bwin is
back in the Bundesliga. In this context, we are aiming to intensively involve
the BVB fans in activating our sponsoring role and already have a number of
exciting ideas that they soon will be able to experience inside and outside the
Carsten Cramer, Director of Sales,
Marketing and Business Development at Borussia Dortmund said: "With bwin, we
have a partner that has maintained close ties with German football longer than
any other operator in its sector. On an international scale, bwin has
systematically build up its brand with prominent sponsorships, amongst the blue
chips of European club football. This premium insight fits extremely well with
our brand positioning. BVB and bwin are combining two brands that are both
major players in their own filed."
For further information CONTACT: Jay
Dossetter, Phone: 020 7337 0100.
bwin offers live betting and online
gaming on a wide range of sports, casino games and poker through its website
markets on over 90 sports.
bwin have also previously enjoyed
sponsorships across a wide range of European football clubs and leagues, Moto
GP, tennis, handball, the World Equestrian Games and kitesurfing, as well as
being the title sponsor of the bwin World Cup of Darts in 2014 and 2015.
bwin is the leading sports betting
brand of GVC Holdings PLC. For more information about bwin, visit
www.bwin.com or follow @bwin
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
SOURCE: GVC Holdings press
Opening address: Australasian Casino and Gambling
Opening address: Australasian Casino and Gambling
Regulators Conference, Pullman Hotel, Auckland
NEW ZEALAND (May 17, 2017)
New Zealand Government
Hon Peter Dunne
Minister of Internal Affairs
It is a pleasure to open this
years Australasian Casino and Gambling Regulators Conference.
Today, I will briefly share with you
some thoughts about your Conference theme regulatory
But first, I want to reiterate the
warm welcome provided by the mihi whakatau and waiata.
Thank you all for joining us in
Auckland, especially our international guests and speakers who have travelled
from across Australasia and further afield to be here.
We welcome you with great pride to
the unique mix of cultures, long history and beautiful landscapes of
I would also like to give particular
acknowledgement to Graeme Reeves, Chief Commissioner of the New Zealand
I would also like to acknowledge
Peter Cowsill, the Manager of the Casino Compliance team in Auckland, who is
retiring in two weeks time after 20 years of service to the casino
Peter was a Gambling Inspector for
the Department of Internal Affairs when New Zealands first casino
He has provided a strong
customer-centric approach and contributed to significant changes in the
approach to regulation over those years.
Peter is in the audience today and I
thank him for his service.
And I would like to acknowledge all
of the speakers who will share expertise during the Conference.
Thank you for your willingness and
enthusiasm in taking the time to be here.
Role as Minister to oversee gambling
As the Minister of Internal Affairs,
I am responsible for the New Zealand Governments gambling policy and the
legislation that provides the regulatory framework for gambling activity.
The regulation of gambling has
received a lot of attention over many years, and there have been concerted
efforts to devise effective legislation and regulations, which are the tools of
As you will all be aware, the
regulation of gambling continues to engender strong feelings, both for and
against, and this is an important part of the environment in which we all
Whether we like it or not, gambling
is a highly emotive issue to many people for a variety of reasons.
New Zealands Gambling Act
balances the community benefits from gambling against the harm that can result
It has a broad range of objectives,
including: controlling the growth of gambling; minimising problem gambling;
ensuring that gambling is fair; minimising opportunities for crime; and
ensuring that money from gambling benefits communities.
The balance between harm and return
According to a report published in
The Economist earlier this year, Australia wins the jackpot of having the
biggest gambling losses per resident in the world an estimated $990 per
resident in 2016.
This figure is around 40% higher
than Singapore, the runner-up, and around double the average of other countries
featured in the report, including the United States, Canada and Britain.
New Zealand came in at sixth
About 80 per cent of the New Zealand
population participates in gambling at least once a year.
Around $2 billion is spent on the
four main forms of gambling TAB betting; Lotto; casinos; and gaming
machines located mainly in pubs and clubs.
It is within this context that
gambling regulation in New Zealand aims to enhance the positive dimensions of
gambling, and to reduce its negative dimensions.
An example of gamblings
positive impact is the special Lotto draw that raised over $2.7 million in
funds for the regions affected by the Kaikoura Earthquake in November 2016.
This generosity and community spirit
in the face of adversity fits with Lottos goal of raising money for the
On the other hand, we are all
familiar with the potential for addiction to gambling and the destructive
behaviour that can result from it.
Its impact on individuals, families
and communities is something we all have to consider in our roles.
I know that you face this same
tension in your respective jurisdictions the need to enhance the
positive aspects of gambling and reduce its negative aspects.
Regardless of whether this is
recognised in your governing legislation, balancing the economic and
entertainment value of gambling with the social harm that can accompany it is a
challenge all our societies face.
Minimising harm from gambling is a
topic I take particular interest in as I am in the fortunate position of also
being Associate Minister of Health, with responsibility for gambling as a
public health issue.
This provides me with a holistic
perspective and enables me to keep a broad overview of the wider gambling
environment and harm minimisation issues.
This hopefully helps our policy
responses to be more consistent and better coordinated.
Professor Max Abbotts
presentation about the past, present and future of gambling and
gambling-related harm in New Zealand will also provide a host of relevant
information on this important topic.
I hope you will all take away some
Class 4 review
While New Zealands Gambling
Act is considered to be working generally well, we are looking at how Class 4
gambling operates - that is, gambling in pubs and clubs on electronic gaming
In New Zealand, the net proceeds
from gaming machines return to local communities to help fund a wide range of
Every year approximately $300
million is returned to the community, to the direct benefit of sports clubs,
community groups, events and recreational facilities.
Gaming machine use has been in
decline since the introduction of the Gambling Act in 2003.
While the decline has slowed in the
past three years, the future of this class of gambling, and therefore community
funding, remains uncertain.
The review of gaming machine
gambling is looking at how the level of community funding can be sustained.
The review will consider whether we
should concentrate our efforts on changes within this class of gambling, or
whether there is potential to increase community funding through other avenues
within the gambling portfolio.
I see that on Friday, Bruce
Robertson, Chair of the Class 4 working party, will be sharing his thoughts on
working with the community.
The Class 4 working party is a
technical reference group that represents a large part of the industry in New
Zealand and has built collaborative relationships with the regulator.
I welcome its establishment and the
input that it has been able to have to date, and I look forward to that
continuing in the future.
The Class 4 review is an example of
the constant need for exploration of whether legislative frameworks are
fit-for-purpose, and whether the regulatory regimes sitting beneath them are
Such exploration is especially
necessary as gambling participants have increasing potential to move away from
traditional forms of gambling, like electronic machines, to online and digital
It is essential that regulators and
regulatory systems are equipped to accommodate any changes to the future of
This brings me to the theme of this
years conference, regulatory excellence.
This is an important topic and a
crucial part of realising the purposes of the Act.
Achieving regulatory excellence is a
significant goal, and both regulators and the parties they regulate have
important roles to play.
The New Zealand Government expects
that a regulatory system should deliver a flow of benefits to the country that
exceeds its costs, and that a regulatory system should be an asset, not a
Assets require maintenance and it is
important that we maximise the long-term value of regulatory systems.
This means ensuring that systems are
flexible; proportionate; fair; and easy to access and understand.
The Government expects regulatory
agencies to adopt a whole-of-system view that incorporates a proactive,
collaborative approach to monitoring existing systems, and which supports
A crucial element in doing this is
to include regulated stakeholders, through supporting them to understand and
meet their regulatory obligations, and by promoting opportunities for
engagement and collaboration.
I am aware that efforts to achieve
regulatory excellence are making a positive difference.
I am sure that this focus is
continuing to be welcomed by stakeholders in the casino and Class 4 gambling
This helps to achieve negotiated
outcomes and a problem-solving approach to improving compliance with
Working with our stakeholders in
these ways, where appropriate, means that regulatory intervention can be better
designed and unintended consequences are avoided.
This treatment of regulation as an
asset to be sustained over the long-term reflects the concept of regulatory
It involves looking at our
environment, understanding what the future might look like, and assessing
whether our regulatory systems can cope with that future.
It is a whole-of-system, lifecycle
view of regulation that focuses on how we regulate, rather than the detail of
what we regulate.
Shared challenges and interests
This whole-of-system approach is a
way of thinking about regulatory excellence and provides a foundation on which
to acknowledge our common interests and problems.
I recognise that many of the issues
currently facing the casino and Class 4 gambling sectors in New Zealand are not
There are many challenges and
opportunities you share as regulators from across the Australasian region.
Technology in the digital
I note that a number of the sessions
will focus on digital and online forms of gambling, which is a very relevant
topic in light of our shared interest in the digital space.
A regulatory future-focus is
integral to responding to unprecedented, rapid growth in technology and digital
forms of gambling.
While this growth creates
opportunities, it also demands refined thinking about how the ways we regulate
casinos and Class 4 gambling, to ensure they are fit for the future.
Despite the advantages of
technological progress, the pace of change creates significant challenges for
Such tensions can expose the
prescriptive nature of legislation, and may lead to more principle-based,
technology-neutral legislation in the future.
Increasingly cyber-savvy customers
and regulated parties expect sophisticated, easy-to-use transactions with
Regulators also need to be agile to
respond to increasingly sophisticated use of technology by criminals and those
who wish to evade regulatory requirements.
A particular challenge in the
digital age will be how regulators minimise the harm that gambling can
More people have the potential to
access gambling outside of traditional boundaries, through digital
This is shaping the likely future of
As regulators, it is important that
we have the right skills to respond to this evolution.
While online gambling is already
firmly established in many other jurisdictions, we are somewhat behind the
trend in New Zealand.
To be candid, we are not sure why
this is and are trying to better understand the pattern.
Any thinking about regulatory
excellence and establishing best-practice needs to take account of shared
expertise and collective experience.
This conference is an excellent
opportunity for you to connect, communicate, and learn from each other as you
share your knowledge and experiences.
I encourage you all to make the most
of this valuable opportunity and wish you all the best for a productive and
informative few days.
I also hope you will have the chance
to enjoy the sights, food and activities Auckland has to offer.
Thank you for your attention this
I wish you well in your work.
Hon Peter Dunne
Minister of Internal Affairs.