New Florida Lottery Scratch-Off Games Offer Millions in Cash
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (May 23, 2017)
-- The Florida Lottery introduced four new Scratch-Off games today that offer
more than $215 million in total cash prizes. The games, BONUS DOUBLE MATCH,
LUCKY 7s CROSSWORD, TRIPLE 777, and VERY CHERRY, range in price from $1
to $5. All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock
and available for purchase within 72 hours.
BONUS DOUBLE MATCH features 16 top
prizes of $250,000 and over $18 million in cash prizes from $100 to $10,000!
The $5 game offers more than five million winning tickets, and overall odds of
winning are one-in-4.03.
The second $5 game launching today,
LUCKY 7s CROSSWORD, offers more than $111 million in prizes, including 24
top prizes of $250,000! The games overall odds of winning are
TRIPLE 777 offers players the chance
to win up to ten times and features 16 top prizes of $25,000! This $2 game
features more than 3 million winning tickets, and overall odds of winning are
For just $1, players can win up to
$5,000 with VERY CHERRY. There are more than 3 million winning tickets totaling
over $10.2 million in cash prizes! The games overall odds of winning are
Scratch-Off games are an important
part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 65 percent
of ticket sales and generating more than $734 million for the Educational
Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2015-16.
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 Floridas
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
For more information, please visit
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications, T: (850) 487-7727, www.flalottery.com.
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Loterie Romande Report 2016 Results: CHF 216.8 Million
Disbursed for Good Causes
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (May 23, 2017)
-- After a year of consolidation of its results in 2015, Loterie Romande
returned to encouragingly robust growth in 2016, with the highlight of a record
Swiss Loto jackpot. Gross gaming revenues (GGR) rose by 5.7% to CHF 398
million. Net profit, i.e. the sum disbursed for the public good, totalled CHF
216.8 million. In an increasingly competitive landscape in the gambling sector,
the diverse range of games on offer from Loterie Romande, the high quality of
its distribution network and tight control exerted over operating costs paid
off, helping to contribute to a small increase in the level of profits
available for allocation to social-welfare, cultural and sports projects.
The text of the new legislation on
gambling will shortly be finalised by the Federal Assembly, Switzerlands
parliament. Loterie Romande considers the draft bill submitted by the Federal
Council to be both consistent and well balanced, taking the interests of all
parties involved into account. It is vital this draft legislation, considering
the balanced positions achieved, especially with regard to social
responsibility, is not degraded by amendments that might damage the
competitiveness of public-interest lottery companies, as profits generated by
them are vitally important and central for the funding of projects working for
the public good.
|from left to right: Jean-Maurice Tornay Chair CPOR;
Jean-Luc Moner-Banet CEO Loterie Romande; Jean-Pierre Beuret
Chairman Loterie Romande.
On Tuesday, at Loterie
Romandes head office in avenue de Provence in Lausanne, Loterie Romande
convened its annual press conference to announce its operating results for
2016, under the Chairmanship of Mr Jean-Pierre Beuret, alongside Loterie
Romandes CEO, Mr Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, and the Chairman of the Conference
of the Chairs of the Distributing Bodies (CPOR), Mr Jean-Maurice Tournay.
Results up slightly year on
In 2016, gross gaming revenues
(GGR), i.e. the sum of money staked less winnings paid out to players, totalled
CHF 398 million, a rise of 5.7% on 2015 levels (CHF 377 million). The record
jackpot of CHF 70 million offered on Swiss Loto boosted sales and lay behind
this increase that was also driven by the success of scratch-cards.
Net profit for the year totalled CHF
216.8 million. This total, allocated to the cantonal bodies tasked with
redistributing Loterie Romandes profits and to sport, was slightly up on
its 2015 level (CHF 209.5 million). This bears testament to long-term
strategies put in place to maintain levels of funding distributed for the
With 282 staff on its books as of
1st January 2017, Loterie Romande paid out in 2016 CHF 74.5 million in
commission fees to the 2,600 retailers distributing its games throughout
French-speaking Switzerland. Through these payments, Loterie Romande makes a
significant contribution to local neighbourhood businesses (kiosks,
cafés/bars, restaurants) located in city centres, on the outskirts of
towns or in villages in the countryside.
Distribution of profits
Around 3,000 public-service bodies
and institutions received funding from Loterie Romande in 2016. On average,
over CHF 500,000. were distributed daily to social, cultural and sports
projects throughout French-speaking Switzerland.
After taking account of the CHF 3.7
million allocated to the Association pour le développement de
lélevage et des courses (ADEC; Association for the Promotion of
Horse Breeding & Racing), net profits for 2016 were distributed according
to the following split: 5/6ths, i.e. CHF 177.5 million, went to the cantonal
distributing bodies to fund projects in the social-welfare, cultural,
educational or environmental fields, with the remaining 1/6th or CHF 35.5
million going to sport.
As in past years, Loterie Romande
paid the 0.5% duty levied on its GGR, i.e. a sum of CHF 1.99 million, which is
allocated for preventing and combating gambling addiction.
New Swiss gambling
The draft gambling legislation has
been scrutinised and debated by both chambers of the Federal Assembly
the Council of States in June 2016, followed by the National Council in March
2017 so the new Gambling Act is on track to be finalised and approved
shortly by parliament. Loterie Romande considers the draft legislation to be
both consistent and well balanced, taking the interests of all parties involved
into account. It ensures proper protection for the population against those
dangers associated with gambling, setting out a series of tangible measures to
clamp down on illegal gambling and games, such as the blocking of unauthorised
Internet sites. Considering the balanced positions achieved, especially with
regard to social responsibility, Loterie Romande is adamant this bill should
not be watered down by any amendments that might blunt the competitive edge of
public-interest lottery and sports betting companies. Provisions set forth in
this law must be such as to ensure that profits generated from gambling,
pursuant to Article 106 of the Swiss Federal Constitution, are indeed allocated
to public-interest projects and not diverted exclusively to private gambling
In an increasingly competitive
gambling industry, this new legislation must enable lottery operators to
propose attractive, profitable and socially responsible games so as to
guarantee the long-term sustainability and stability of profits, totalling
almost CHF 600 million each year, distributed by Loterie Romande and
Increased backing for Swiss
Loterie Romande and Swisslos, the
intercantonal lottery operator for German-speaking Switzerland and the Canton
of Ticino, have decided to boost their annual contribution to Swiss Olympic by
an extra CHF 17 million to support, in particular, both current and
up-and-coming elite athletes. Of the 17 million, CHF 4 million will come from
Loterie Romande and CHF 13 million from Swisslos these contributions
will lift the total sum distributed to Swiss Olympic by the two lottery
companies to CHF 46 million from 2017. Loterie Romande and Swisslos have added
their weight to Swiss Olympics drive aimed at enabling Swiss sport to
remain competitive in international sporting arenas. The extra money being
disbursed to Swiss Olympic will be allocated to the athletes themselves, their
support teams and facilities. These contributions bear sound testament to the
major role Swiss lottery companies play in supporting sport.
As a reminder, funds allocated by
Loterie Romande to sport, some CHF 35.5 million, are split two-ways: first to
the cantonal sports bodies (CHF 24.8 million) to help fund amateur and
grassroots sport (facilities, next generation of active sports participants,
local sports events, etc.); second to the Sport-Toto company which redeploys
its share (CHF 10.6 million) to support Swiss Olympic, the Swiss Football
Association, and the Swiss national football and ice hockey leagues.
CONTACTS: Mr Jean-Pierre Beuret,
Chairman, 079 332 01 00 or Mr Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, CEO, 079 310 78 69.
SOURCE: Loterie Romande.
Pac-Man Just Got Real with New Instant Scratch-Its
AUSTRALIA (May 24, 2017) -- Eighties
icon Pac-Man is making the leap from the video game screen to Instant
Scratch-Its tickets under a new arcade-inspired game being launched by the Lott
Australias official lotteries.
For the first time, Instant
Scratch-Its players can dodge the ghosts and weave through the
iconic Pac-Man maze for the chance to win from a prize pool of $9 million,
including three top prizes of $100,000.
Pac-Man Instant Scratch-Its are
available from Monday 22 May 2017 at Instant Scratch-Its outlets in Queensland,
New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern
A six-week marketing campaign
commencing Sunday 4 June 2017 will support the games launch. This
will include Snapchat, social media and digital videos, along with billboards,
shopping centre videos, and full bus wraps.
The campaigns two 10-second
Snapchat ads mark the first time Instant Scratch-Its has used this social
platform as a marketing channel.
The new game is part of Instant
Scratch-Its ongoing brand repositioning that highlights how Instant Scratch-Its
deliver little moments of joy that brighten up Australians lives every
Instant Scratch-Its Brand Portfolio
Manager Nada McNamara said the Pac-Man Instant Scratch-Its game and associated
campaign aimed to showcase the brands playful and fun personality.
Australia has had an
enduring love affair with Pac-Man since the arcade game that was first released
in Japan in May 1980 just a few years after Instant Scratch-Its were
first launched Down Under, she said.
With a renewed love of all
things 80s at the moment from the reunion of Bananarama to the
eras metallic ruffles and shoulder pads we expect the power of
Pac-Man to exceed all previous successes weve had using licenced
properties on Instant Scratch-Its tickets.
The iconic appeal of
Pac-Man is a great way to introduce Instant Scratch-Its to new and infrequent
players, particularly adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who fondly remember
Pac-Man from their youth.
For the marketing campaign,
we wanted to take Pac-Man to the next level so many of our digital assets will
show the animated Pac-Man leaping from the video screen onto an Instant
Scratch-Its ticket and into our everyday lives.
Ms McNamara said the launch of the
Pac-Man Instant Scratch-Its game was part of a concerted strategy to develop
new games and tickets aligned to customers needs.
Our strategy moving forward
is based on ensuring Instant Scratch-Its meets peoples needs. We
know from our recent consumer research that our customers are in different
mindsets when they are playing different types of tickets and we need to
develop Instant Scratch-Its games that align with these.
Agencies involved in the
creation and delivery of the Pac-Man Instant Scratch-Its campaign:
- Creative agency: Y&R
- Media agency: Carat
Some of the campaign's creative
assets can be downloaded
About Instant Scratch-Its
The worlds first scratch off
ticket with instant prizes was introduced in the USA in 1974 and into Australia
Instant Scratch-Its are priced from
$1 to $20. Within this price range there are a range of game types, from quick
fun plays to extended play games.
Each ticket series or game has a
specific prize structure consisting of several prize levels, ranging from top
prizes of up to $1 million down to thousands of other smaller prizes. In most
instances, the top prize represents approximately 10 per cent of the total
prize pool available in that game.
Chances of winning on an Instant
Scratch-Its ticket range from 1 in 2 to 1 in 4, which creates millions of
moments of instant joy each year.
The Lott operates and markets
Australias leading lottery games in each jurisdiction under Golden
Casket, NSW Lotteries, Tatts, SA Lotteries and Tatts NT. These games
include Saturday Lotto, Monday and Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, Set
for Life, Lucky Lotteries, The Pools and Instant Scratch-Its.
For more information please
Senior Public Relations
0412 404 626
General Manager Public
0457 759 945
SOURCE: The Lott.
Skilrock to Unveil Innovative Solutions on its Unified Gaming
Platform @ EL Congress
GURGAON, India (May 25, 2017)
Skilrock is set to unveil innovative solutions over its well established
Unified Gaming Platform during 9th European Lotteries Congress at ICE Krakow
Congress Center, Poland from 5th to 8th June
Mr. Sujit Lahiry, Executive Director
of Skilrock Technologies, commented, "We are expecting a great congregation
of European Lottery industry experts at this wonderful setting to showcase our
fittingly innovative solutions. We believe our interactions will be helpful in
exploring options for rapidly changing lottery ecosystem involving dynamic
players, changing paradigms of responsible gaming and technology
Skilrock will be showcasing its
Unified Gaming Platform which covers all the channels like Retail, iGaming,
Self Service and a wide range of games making it exciting for every segment of
players. We invite you to meet our team at our stand #B0 during the
Event: 9th European Lotteries
Date: 5th to 8th June
Venue: ICE Krakow Congress Center,
About Sugal & Damani
Sugal & Damani Group is a 45+
year old business conglomerate with revenues of over US$2 billion and presence
in 3 continents. It is the parent organization of leading Lottery and Gaming
technology provider SKILROCK TECHNOLOGIES. The group is also the largest state
government lottery operator in India and runs the second largest commercial
services business "Payworld" with 65,000 retail touch points along with having
diverse business interests ranging from real estate to power generation to
stock broking and more.
For further information or
assistance please CONTACT: Sourabh Goyal, T: +44 (0) 20 3286 7878 / +91 8826
315550, email: email@example.com,
SOURCE: skilrock technologies Pvt.
Ltd. (Sugal & Damani Group).
Scientific Games to Provide End-to-End Gaming Solutions for
Baha Mar Casino in The Bahamas
Company Awarded 30
Percent Floor Share; Provides Games, Systems, and Table Products For Opening Of
Luxury Bahama Casino Resort
LAS VEGAS, NV (May 23, 2017) --
Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or "the
Company") today announced new agreements to provide an expansive range of
casino systems solutions, table products, games and platforms at Baha Mar
Casino in Nassau, The Bahamas for its 100,000 square foot casino, which held
its soft opening on April 21, 2017.
Alex W. Pariente, Executive Vice
President, Casino Operations and Marketing at Baha Mar, said, "We are
pleased that Scientific Games is our technology partner at our new
sophisticated casino. Scientific Games provides us with a one-stop-shop,
helping us efficiently run our gaming operations while delivering an engaging
experience to our international guests."
Scientific Games Chief Executive
Officer Kevin Sheehan said, "Our agreement with Baha Mar Casino truly
showcases our ability to provide a floorwide gaming experience across an entire
casino enterprise. Baha Mar is leveraging a variety of Scientific Games'
transformational solutions to drive operating efficiencies and offer the best
of entertainment to its players and we are thrilled to be a major
technology partner to this long-awaited and spectacular new destination in The
Leveraging its extensive,
industry-leading Bally® Systems suite, Scientific Games powers Baha Mar's
high-speed, networked casino floor with its ACSC, CMS/SMS, TableView and Bally
Business Intelligence slot monitoring, table management, player tracking,
marketing, analytics, and casino accounting solutions.
Each of Baha Mar's 1,140 slot
machines is connected to Scientific Games' iVIEW® network to provide patron
self-service, marketing messages, and powerful bonusing solutions through iVIEW
Display Manager ("DM")'s powerful on-device messaging technology.
Baha Mar chose Scientific Games' new
iVIEW4 technology, which combines all the features of the original iVIEW with
web-based content management. This enables operators to easily and quickly
change marketing content and publish videos or animations themselves, making
the content immediately available to the player through the gaming machine, a
kiosk, or mobile device.
Using the iVIEW DM on-device
interface and without interrupting game play, Baha Mar Casino drives player
engagement, second-ways-to-win, and instant rewards through Scientific Games'
Elite Bonusing Suite® ("EBS") of turnkey promotions including Power
Promotions, Video Poker Bonusing, U-Spin® Wheel Bonus, DM Tournaments,
Lucky Match Bonusing, Dynamic Random Bonusing, Flex Rewards, Virtual Racing and
The Company's Servizio intelligent,
rule-driven mobile service applications helps Baha Mar Casino's floor staff
deliver exceptional guest service by providing messages to team members on
their mobile devices that enable them to immediately respond to needs such as
jackpot processing, player registration, host functions, slot maintenance and
Baha Mar Casino opened with
Scientific Games' sophisticated slot platforms and engaging casino games. Baha
Mar Casino chose Scientific Games' TwinStar® upright video, TwinStar
J43 and slant; the Bally Pro Wave®, Pro V32, Pro Stepper and
V55; the WMS® Blade s32; and the Barcrest® platform.
Scientific Games is providing the
casino with a wide array of its highest-performing and most engaging games,
including such game titles as 88 Fortunes®, Dancing Drums, Fu Dao
Le®, Zeus®, Kronos®, Lock It Link Night Life, Lock It Link
Diamonds, Super Quick Hit® Playboy Sunset Sapphires, and MONTY
PYTHON Black Knight®.
From Scientific Games' premium
portfolio, Baha Mar Casino will offer engaging game titles such as MICHAEL
JACKSON WANNA BE STARTIN' SOMETHING; CHER LIVE, Hot Shot Platinum®,
TITANIC, SUPER MONOPOLY BOARDWALK SEVENS, IRON MAN DELUXE, THE
WIZARD OF OZ EMERALD CITY, and MONOPOLY PRIME REEL ESTATE®.
Baha Mar Casino opened with a
Shuffle Master® product on many of its 119 card table games, including an
array of utility products for automatic card shuffling such as i-Deal
Plus, one2six®, i-Score Plus®, i-Shoe Auto®, iVerify® and
MD3®. Baha Mar Casino also installed an expansive suite of popular Shuffle
Master proprietary table games, including several with progressive offerings to
add even more excitement to their sophisticated casino floor. Players will find
their favorite games including Blackjack Switch® progressive, Caribbean
Stud Bonus® progressive, Casino War®, Fortune Pai Gow Poker
Progressive®, Free Bet Blackjack, Let It Ride® progressive, Six Card
Bonus, Three Card Poker Progressive®, and Ultimate Texas Hold'em
CHER: © 2003 Apis
Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Iron Man, Marvel, and all related
characters, TM & © 2008-2017 Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and its
subsidiaries. All rights reserved.
Michael Jackson; Rights of the
Publicity and Persona Rights: Triumph International, Inc. © 2017 Triumph
International, Inc. Licensing Representative: Authentic Brands Group,
MONOPOLY is a trademark of
Hasbro. Used with permission. ©2017 Hasbro. All rights
MONTY PYTHON ©2017 Python
(Monty) Pictures Ltd under license from Bravado Merchandising. All rights
PLAYBOY ©2017 Playboy
Enterprises International, Inc. PLAYBOY, PLAYMATE, PLAYBOY BUNNY, and the
Rabbit Head Design are trademarks of Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
and used under license by Scientific Games Corporation.
THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related
characters and elements © & Turner Entertainment Co. (s17) Judy
Garland as Dorothy from THE WIZARD OF OZ. (s17)
TITANIC TM & ©1997, 2017 by
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Paramount Pictures Corporation. All
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 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.
Vice President, Investor
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SOURCE Scientific Games
Mexico Lottery Announces April 2017 Revenue Transfers to the Legislative
Lottery Scholarship Fund
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (May 18,
2017) --The New Mexico Lottery announced April 2017 revenue transfers of $2.95
million to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship Fund. Transfers through April
are lagging $7.6 million behind transfers during the same period in Fiscal Year
2016. The Lottery continues to project a fiscal year return of approximately
$37.5 million to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship Fund, which is
approximately $9 million less than the return in Fiscal Year 2016.
Lottery Chairman, Dan Salzwedel
said, It is unfortunate that artificial sales barriers continue to
stymie the Lottery from maximizing sales and providing more dollars for
scholarship recipients in this time of critical need since all profits go to
the Lottery Scholarship Fund.
As Colorado, Texas, Arizona and
recently Oklahoma have found, a repeal of the 30 percent requirement would
allow the lottery to provide higher prize payouts for scratcher games resulting
in more dollars for beneficiaries (students). A recent Georgia lottery report
revealed that virtually every lottery that has repealed a return
mandate and implemented higher prizes in scratcher games has increased the
actual dollars returned to beneficiaries.
Lottery CEO, David Barden said,
You only need to look at the Oklahoma lottery to see change and that
mandates dont work. Oklahoma just repealed its 35 percent return
requirement and is anticipating an additional $85 million to be generated for
its good causes. The Oklahoma bill was modeled after successful changes in
other states eliminating return mandates. Barden stated, This is a proven
method other states have used to get more dollars for scholarship funding (or
other good causes) and it is unfortunate that students and families continue to
be hurt because we are lagging so far behind successful business models used by
other lottery states. Barden estimates that the scholarship tuition fund
will lose approximately $27 million additional dollars over the next five years
without a legislative reprieve from the 30 percent mandate. The bottom line is
that a continuation of the requirement in the current law that mandates a 30
percent return to the Scholarship Fund means less money for lottery scholarship
Chairman Salzwedel stated, the
dynamics are simple without legislative relief from the mandate, my
worst fear is that next year we will be reporting another decline in lottery
transfers. The Chairman also cautioned about the negative impact of
losing the Lotterys Gross Receipts Tax Exemption at some point.
This would just be devastating to higher education, the scholarship
tuition fund, and our students. I urge policymakers not to do this should it
come up in Special Session next week. If it is passed, Lottery transfer
projections for next year will be grim.
Fiscal Year 2017 transfers to date
total $31.65 million through April 2017, compared to $39.26 million in FY 2016.
|| Fiscal Year
| FY 2016
| Fiscal Year
| FY 2017
Fiscal Year Proceeds
The Lottery celebrated its 21st
anniversary on April 27. Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $732.5
million for education and more than 109,000 students have attended college on
Legislative Lottery Scholarships.
More information about Legislative
Lottery Scholarships is available at www.nmlottery.com.
CONTACT: Wendy Ahlm, T: (505)
342-7638 -- (800) 642-6689, ext. 7638, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: The New Mexico Lottery.
Arizona Lotterys Welcome Back Willie Campaign
Wins Telly Award
National Honor Recognizes
Premier Creativity in Film and Video
PHOENIX, Arizona (May 22, 2017)
In early 2017, the Arizona Lottery and its advertising agency, OH
Partners, released a one-of-a-kind marketing campaign to bring back the iconic
Arizona Lottery mascot, Windfall Willie. The campaign gained attention across
the state, and now the creativity behind the campaign is being recognized on a
national level with a 2017 Bronze Telly Award for Art Direction for Local
We are honored to receive
this recognition, Gregg Edgar, executive director of the Arizona Lottery,
said. It was an exciting process working so closely with the OH
Partners innovative creative team to develop and execute this campaign.
It has been wonderful to see our players excited about the return of Windfall
Willie, and it is quite an honor to be recognized on a national level for this
The Welcome Back Willie
campaign incorporated print, online, radio and television, reinventing the
beloved Arizona Lottery character with a modern look and feel. The 60-second
television commercial featuring the quirky new Windfall Willie quickly became
an Arizona favorite and its comedic writing, unique set design and attention to
detail helped land the Telly Award.
OH Partners is the Agency of Record
for the Arizona Lottery and concepted and directed the campaign for
Welcome Back Willie. To learn more about the Arizona Lottery and
what Windfall Willie has up his sleeve next, visit:
About Arizona Lottery
Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and
its retail partners have generated more than $3 billion in net funding in
support of programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of
Arizona. Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales more than $3.7 million per
week fund Arts and Education; Community Enrichment; Economic
Development; Environmental Conservation; Health and Human Services; and Public
Safety programs. Our mission is to support Arizona programs for the public
benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible manner. Learn more at:
CONTACT: Megan Conner, OH Partners,
Phone: (480) 229-1427, E: email@example.com
SOURCE: Arizona Lottery.
York Lottery Celebrating 50th Anniversary with Live Drawing on Empire State
Meet Yolanda Vega &
NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 19, 2017) -- The
New York Lottery will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on June 16 by holding a
series of activities on Albanys Empire State Plaza, hosted by Lottery
spokeswoman Yolanda Vega. Everyones invited to join the party.
In recognition of the golden
anniversary, Vega and the New York Lottery will host giveaways, contests and
more, anchored by a special live drawing of the Midday NUMBERS and WIN 4 games
from the Empire State Plaza.
The event will complement the
regular food truck and farmers market offerings already scheduled.
The 50th Anniversary event is free
and open to the public. All attendees ages 18 or older are welcome to
participate in the contests described below.
For 50 years, the New York
Lottery has been providing fun and exciting games, resulting in billions of
dollars in prizes across the Empire State, said the New York
Lotterys Yolanda Vega. Ive been fortunate to be a part of the
Lotterys legacy and Im excited that our 50th Anniversary will give
us a chance to entertain our players, thank our retailers, offer one-of-a-kind
prizes, and have some fun in the sun all at one great
The June 16 celebration at the
Empire State Plaza will take place on and around the Made in the Shade of
the Egg stage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature the following:
- Live Midday NUMBERS and Win 4 Drawings: At 12:26
p.m., the New York Lotterys popular Midday NUMBERS and Win 4 drawings
will be televised live from the Empire State Plaza, with Vega announcing the
- Meet Yolanda Vega: Vega will interact with fans on
the Plaza, share memorable anecdotes about the New York Lottery, and ask trivia
questions about the Lottery (with tickets as prizes for those who answer
- Play Lottery Games: Attendees will be able to
purchase tickets for New York Lottery draw games and scratch-off tickets,
including the commemorative $10,000,000 Cash 50th Anniversary ticket
- Free Powerball Coupons: The first 500 attendees
(age 18 or older) will receive a "Buy One, Get One" Powerball coupon.
- Fun Games for Additional Prizes: Attendees who
purchase $10 of New York Lottery games can try their luck with the Dice
Drop game for additional prizes and merchandise. Those who spend $20 will
receive a free spin of the New York Lottery's Prize Wheel for a
chance to win a limited-edition Yolanda Vega t-shirt.
- New York Lottery Players Club: Attendees will have
the opportunity to join the New York Lotterys Players Club, where New
York Lottery tickets have a second chance to win cash and prizes, and enter the
50th Anniversary Sweepstakes for a chance to win up to $50,000.
In the event of inclement weather,
the festivities will be held in the South Performance Area of the Empire State
The Lotterys year-long
Anniversary celebration will continue after the Empire State Plaza event with a
50th Anniversary Sweepstakes where Players Club members will have a chance to
win monthly cash prizes of $5,000 and a Grand Prize of $50,000. The first
Players Club 50th Anniversary Sweepstakes drawing will take place in June.
Follow us on
Facebook for more
details as the event gets closer.
About the New York
The New York Lottery continues to be
North Americas largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.27
billion in fiscal year 2016-2017 to help support education in New York State.
The Lotterys contribution represents approximately 14 percent of total
state education aid to local school districts.
New York Lottery revenue is
distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to
distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school
districts size and its income level; larger, lower-income school
districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.
CONTACT: Communications, T:
518-388-3415, E; firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: New York Lottery.
NOVOMATIC to Host Exclusive Networking Event During Juegos
LONDON (May 18, 2017) -- NOVOMATIC
is looking forward to hosting an exclusive networking event during Juegos Miami
on Thursday, June 1st from 5-8pm, where guests will have the chance to get
hands-on with new gaming innovations. Open to all guests of the event, the
evening begins on the outdoor terrace which will be transformed into an elegant
beach theme and is the perfect backdrop for the event. Guests will enjoy tray
passed canapes, scorpion bowl cocktails, beer and wine at this bespoke event
that will highlight NOVOMATICs new GAMINATOR® Scorpion machine.
Lawrence Levy, Vice President of
Global Sales NOVOMATIC, commented that, Participating in Juegos Miami
allows NOVOMATIC to reach key decision makers in the Latin American market. The
event format perfectly fits our brands approach to building relationships
with our customers in the region. We look forward to showcasing some of our
latest gaming machines for guests to experience during this years
Scorpion has made a big impact on the world gaming stage since its release last
year. Combining a proven concept of innovative design with leading technology,
this new gaming machine delivers NOVOMATIC content in stunning high definition.
It comes with three 24 full HD LED screens embodied in a matte black
design with intrinsic glow frames that create stirring LED effects. Also on
show will be the new V.I.P. Lounge and NOVOSTAR® II, two exceedingly
popular cabinets in Latin America.
The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the
biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and
employs more than 29,000 staff worldwide, has locations in more than 50
countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to 80
The Group operates more than 260,000
gaming terminals in its some 1,800 plus traditional and electronic casinos 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: Press Release from Clarion
Lottery Celebrates National Be a Millionaire Day
Hoosier Lottery created
22 millionaires in the last year
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (May 20, 2017)
- May 20 is National Be a Millionaire Day. Since 1989 the Hoosier Lottery has
made millionaires out of 686 lucky Lottery players. The most recent Hoosier
Lottery millionaire is Rebecca T. of Marion who won $1 million on a Powerball
ticket this month.
Hoosier Lottery's newest
Rebecca is one of a 22 lucky Hoosier
Lottery players who won $1 million or more in the past 12 months. Other Hoosier
Lottery millionaires during this time include Devin Hodson of Farmland ($1.2
million), Clarence Ash of Elkhart ($1 million), Ernestine McKinney of Gary
($9.2 million) and Cody Wagner of Indianapolis ($1 million).
Over the years, 178 players have
discovered it is possible to win $1 million or more INSTANTLY on select Hoosier
Lottery Scratch-offs. Currently, it is possible to win up to $7 million
instantly on a Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off. The $30 $7,000,000 Mega Ca$h
Scratch-off game offers the largest instant top prize in Hoosier Lottery
Hoosier Lotto millionaires
Indiana's hometown Lotto game has
made millionaires of 133 lucky winners. The most recent Hoosier Lotto win was a
$6.5 million jackpot claimed by John N. of Indianapolis in November of 2016.
25 years and 39 Powerball jackpot
In April, Powerball celebrated 25
years and Hoosier Lottery joined in the celebration with Powerball retail
events and promotions around the state. Go to hoosierlottery.com for
information about promotional events in your area. 2017 also delivered
Indiana's 39th Powerball jackpot winner. The winning ticket was sold in
Lafayette, IN, and the $435 million jackpot was claimed by Bohemian Financial,
Mega Millions millionaires
The Hoosier Lottery joined the
multi-state Mega Millions game in 2010, and since then, ten lucky players in
Indiana have celebrated their own Be a Millionaire Day thanks to Mega Millions
and Megaplier! The most recent million-dollar Mega Millions jackpot winning
ticket was sold in Cambridge City, IN, and the $536 million jackpot was claimed
by Warren D, LLC.
Overall Odds for Powerball are 1 in
25. Hoosier Lotto Overall Odds are 1 in 6. +PLUS Overall Odds are 1 in 6.
Overall Odds for Mega Millions are 1 in 15. Estimated Overall Odds for $7
Million Mega Ca$h are 1 in 3.01. Overall Odds for Hoosier Lottery Scratch-offs
vary with purchase.
ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY:
Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The
Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million annually to local police and
firefighters' pensions and $30 million annually to the Teachers' Retirement
Fund. In fiscal year 2016, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $251.2 million to
the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit
www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Download
Hoosier Lottery logos here.
CONTACT: Jerry Grider, Hoosier
Lottery, Sr. Manager of Public Relations, Phone; 317-264-4676 office, E:
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
Alexander Labak Appointed to Casinos Austria
VIENNA, Austria (May 18, 2017) --
Designated successor to Karl Stoss is appointed to the Management Board of
Casinos Austria as of 1 June and will take over the functions of Director
General of Casinos Austria and Chairman of Austrian Lotteries Board as of
In a press conference on 25 April
2017, Karl Stoss announced that he would not be seeking to extend his contract
as Director General of Casinos Austria and Chairman of Austrian Lotteries when
it expired at the end of 2017. Two weeks later, on 8 May 2017, the Personnel
Committee at Casinos Austria AG presented its recommendation for the
appointment of his successor.
In an extraordinary meeting of the
Casinos Austria AG Supervisory Board chaired by its President, Walther
Rothensteiner, the Board voted to follow this recommendation and has appointed
Alexander Labak to the Management Board as designated successor to Karl Stoss.
Alexander Labak (born 1962) holds a degree in Business Studies and has
extensive international experience above all in the financial services and
insurance sector, most recently in London, UK.
He will join the Management Board of
Casinos Austria on 1 June and take over the position as Director General as of
1 July. At the same time, he will be appointed to the Board of Austrian
Lotteries with effect from 1 July 2017, where he will assume the role of
Chairman. For the sake of continuity, it was important to us to
appoint a successor as quickly as possible, and I am delighted with our
excellent choice of Alexander Labak, said Supervisory Board President
Rothensteiner. Alexander Labak likewise expressed his delight with the
decision: Joining Casinos Austria as only the third Director General
in the companys 50-year history gives me a special responsibility when it
comes to leading the company to continued and long-term success. The gaming
industry is currently in a period of dynamic change, which brings with it
opportunities, but also risks, for our companies. I am looking forward
immensely to the new challenge and am confident that we as a strong team will
be successful in all strategic areas of our business.
Equally positive were the decisions
of the Personnel Committee and the Supervisory Board regarding the pending
extension of the contract with Director Dietmar Hoscher. His contract, which
was also due to run out on 31 December 2017, has now been extended. I
am delighted to be able to carry on with my existing work and am certain that
we will continue to write our companys success story with Alexander Labak
as new Director General, said Hoscher.
Since Director Bettina
Glatz-Kremsners contract runs until the end of 2019, the mandates of
Alexander Labak and Dietmar Hoscher will be aligned to this date. Consequently,
the Casinos Austria Management Board will be made up until 31 December 2019 of
Alexander Labak as Director General and Bettina Glatz-Kremsner and Dietmar
Hoscher as Directors. The Austrian Lotteries Management Board will be composed
from 1 July 2017 of Alexander Labak as Chairman and Bettina Glatz-Kremsner as
For further information, please
CONTACT: Martin Himmelbauer, Head of Corporate Communications, Casinos Austria
Österreichische Lotterien, Phone.: +43/1/53440-22326, E-Mail:
SOURCE: Casinos Austria AG.
Standards Association (GSA) and iGaming Academy Launch Game Authentication
Terminal (GAT) Standard Course
Online Training Module
Available Now; First in a series of e-Learning Courses
LAS VEGAS, NV (May 22, 2017) - The
Gaming Standards Association and iGaming Academy have launched "GSA
Executive Overview: Game Authentication." Earlier this year, GSA partnered
with iGaming Academy to develop and host a series of e-learning modules related
to GSA standards, and this is the first in a library of e-learning courses to
The course can be purchased from the
iGaming Academy e-shop and serves as an insight into the fundamentals of GAT.
The course is specifically designed for anyone with an interest in learning how
to deliver the highest quality software in order to ensure player protection
and game integrity.
On completing this course, learners
- Understand some of the history behind game
- Understand how game authentication is
- Be familiar with the command set used by the serial
- Understand how the same game authentication
services can be accessed through other protocols
- Be familiar with the command set used by the
Network GAT Interface
"GSA is pleased to launch this
first course in our e-learning initiative. As I said at the time we announced
our partnership with iGaming Academy, GSA's membership operates across multiple
time zones. We are now able to offer premium learning that is available
on-demand, allowing our members to learn on their schedule," GSA President
Peter DeRaedt said."
The GAT protocol was developed over
two decades ago with the aim of providing a mechanism that allows regulators
and operators to verify that only approved software is running in gaming
machines. The protocol is frequently updated and expanded as changes occur in
the industry, and has just recently been revamped to include gaming systems as
well as peripheral devices.
GSA's and iGaming Academy's online
educational series provides an easily accessible platform for users to learn
more about GSA's standards, the impact they have had on the global gaming
industry, and the potential they can bring to operators, suppliers, and
There is a level of membership for
every budget. Visit: www.gamingstandards.com to learn more. Join GSA as a member
today and join GSA on
About the iGaming Academy
The iGaming Academy is the leading
training provider to the iGaming industry with over 7,000 learners trained in
2016 alone. The iGA provides training to over 35 gaming companies such as
Betsson, Betclic Everest Group, Stanleybet, Lottoland, Sky Betting and Gaming,
Evolution Gaming, ComeOn, Evoke Gaming, Mr. Green and Pala (US) who have taken
up our training services not only to satisfy regulators but also enhance
internal staff knowledge and awareness.
CONTACT: Peter DeRaedt, Gaming
Standards Association President, Tel: +1 (775) 846-4422, E-mail: Email Contact
or Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications
President, +1 (702) 413-4278
SOURCE: Gaming Standards Association